Women Saying Kaddish?



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    Women Saying Kaddish?

    I had found a Chabad daily minyan not too far away, where I went every morning and afternoon. My wife had yahrzeit on Thursday evening and wanted to say kaddish. I had asked the rabbi that morning if she could do so at maariv, and he said yes • What did the Rebbe answer to such a question? • Read More

    Excerpt from an article by Joseph C. Kaplan / NJ Jewish Standard

    So let me end with a positive story. Once, when I was saying kaddish, my wife and I spent a week at a friend’s house in the Berkshires. I had found a Chabad daily minyan not too far away, where I went every morning and afternoon. My wife had yahrzeit on Thursday evening and wanted to say kaddish. I had asked the rabbi that morning if she could do so at maariv, and he said yes.

    When we arrived at the minyan that evening we found that the shul’s mechitzah had been taken down after the morning prayers, because women rarely attended minchah/maariv. When I introduced my wife to the rabbi, he immediately apologized for not having already re-erected the mechitzah. He then asked her where she would be comfortable sitting, so he could set up the mechitzah appropriately. She answered that since it was his shul she would gladly sit wherever he wanted her to. He responded: “Where I want you to sit is wherever you’ll most be comfortable.” And that was exactly where she sat.

    It is interesting to note, that in 1959, the renowned Chassid Rabbi Dovid Bravman from Kfar Chabad passed away, leaving four young unmarried daughters and no sons. His father in law Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Raskin asked the Rebbe what should be done regarding Kaddish, whether the daughters should recite Kaddish or someone else?

    The Rebbe responded that he should consult with Rabbonei Anash, who said that the daughters should say Kaddish.

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    1. Mendy

      Something doesn’t smell right.

    2. chaya s.

      there were five Bravman girls they were very young the oldest past away not so long ago.most of them or all under bas mitzva.
      I remember when reb Shaye Lipsh past away his father in law REB Mendel Belinitzky would take his oldest daughter a”h and son shyichye to shul to say kadish they were under five r”l

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