Not sheepish, but individ-ewe-al
2017-03-14 02:42 pm (UTC)
Side-by-side but definitely separate services did absolutely feel right, and it's not something I've experienced before. There was a lovely bit when we finished first, because the afternoon prayer for Muslims is rather more elaborate than mincha, and they made a little mechitzale out of bags so that we could get out of the room without violating their prohibition on walking past people who are praying.
I think shared prayer with Christians is often really hard, partly because there's a really deep theological incompatibility that I don't think is present with Muslims, partly because most Christians don't have much tradition of daily, not very formal prayer outside churches. Doesn't mean I'm unwilling to try it, but for me it's something that needs more detailed discussion and planning than just turning up in a room and starting some davening, as we did on Sunday.
R' Tucker would be someone who'd know about traditional egal stuff, for sure. Rules about women reading Torah are on the whole more lenient than rules about davening, though, for lots of reasons. Partly because Torah reading isn't time-bound and nor is it something that one person does on behalf of another where only someone obligated can be a shaliach. Anyway because most of the early sources explicitly say women may read Torah, just that it isn't
for them to do so. So if there are no men present then it's pretty easy to arguue that there is no problem of men's honour. What we were studying with the Orthodox lady was Mishneh Torah where the Rambam straight up says, women may hold a Torah scroll or read from it, even if they're niddah. There's nothing anything like that positive about women davening, so you have to make a lot of arguments by analogy and
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