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NYC Orthodox High School Lets Girls Put On Tefillin

SAR High School in Riverdale, New York, is now allowing girls to wrap tefillin during Shacharit-morning prayer, probably the first Modern Orthodox high school in the U.S. to do so, reports The Boiling Point, the online student newspaper of Shalhevet High School in LA.

Two girls were granted permission to wrap tefillin and wear a tallit at the school’s daily all-girls prayer meeting, according to an email sent out by Rabbi Tully Harcsztark, head of SAR’s high school.

Girls are not forbidden by halacha to pray with tefillin on, but over the centuries there has been an accumulation of rabbinic opinions which discourage it, especially since women are not obligated to perform this mitzvah.

“I have given permission to two female students… to put on tefillin during tefilah,” Rabbi Harcsztark wrote in an early December, 2013 e-mail to the SAR faculty, obtained by The Boiling Point. “They do so every day and have not been permitted to do so in school until now. I believe that it is halachically permissible although it is a communally complicated issue.”

 

H/T to Larry yudelson

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15 Responses to “NYC Orthodox High School Lets Girls Put On Tefillin”

  1. John DeLancy says:

    Hmmm … if it’s not forbidden and if it helps them feel closer to Ha’Shem, why not?

  2. They’re not obligated but if they do they receive merit.

  3. I love how this becomes news. Girls did this at the lower school decades ago

  4. Doesn’t the Rama forbid it?

  5. Judi Fradkin says:

    Begged ish. This is wrong.

  6. Tim Knutsen says:

    Ha,Shem is the focus of all things. Everyone needs to focus on him. If my sisters want to worship Hashem then let them. We need to sustain our faith. I will always rely on my beloved wife to help me do that.

  7. Thank you Rabbi Harczstark!
    Kol hakavod to you and the girls! מזל טוב

  8. Anonymous says:

    LET'S NOT FORGET THE HALACHIC PRINCIPLE;
    'DO NOT CREATE A MACHLOKAS (controversy)' .
    WE OUGHT BE EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS WITH MAKING DECISIONS ON HALACHIC GUIDLINES. THERE ARE VERY REAL AND DEEP REASONS BEYOND PSHAT (THE SUPERFICIAL UNDERSTANDINGS) WHY THERE EXISTS DIFFERENT MITZAHS FOR MEN AND WOMEN. UPON DEEPER INSPECTIONS THESE REASONS BECOME CLEAR IN THE SAME WAY THERE EXISTS A WRITTEN TORAH AND AND AN ORAL TORAH.
    WRITENUT

  9. Anonymous says:

    men and woman are not just gender different but also have different (but equal) spiritual energy and potential. we need the rectificaiton of these energies equaly. that requires a program (of Torah) suited to bringing about the appropriate rectification of these energies. If a person has exhausted and rectified ALL of his or her then we should discuss taking on 'more- other'. Until then, i suggest working on what we were given …first.

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