Halachic Ruling: Women May say Kaddish

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A surprising new halachic ruling issued by Orthodox rabbinical organization Beit Hillel allows women, for the first time, to say the Kaddish prayer in memory of their deceased parents. After probing the issue in the past few months, the organization’s rabbis, both men and women, found halachic sources allowing them to permit an act which has been considered a taboo for hundreds of years.

After probing the issue in the past few months, the organization’s rabbis, both men and women, found halachic sources allowing them to permit an act which has been considered a taboo for hundreds of years.

“The goal of the Kaddish is to benefit the soul of the deceased, and that is also a mental coping method,” explains Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth, Beit Hillel’s director-general. “Many women, both religious and secular, are interested in saying Kaddish today, and there is no reason why they shouldn’t be able to do it.

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