Re: Women touching/kissing the Torah
Lipman Podolsky (email@example.com)
Mon, 17 Mar 1997 13:22:28 +0200 (GMT+0200)
Jeremy Glass wrote:
>Recently I joined an Orthodox minyan affiliated with an Orthodox shul where
>the practice was, before and after K'riat HaTorah, to pass the Sefer Torah
>around both the Men's and Women's side of the Mechitzeh after taking out
>and before returning the Sefer Torah to the Aron HaKodesh.
>Since then a new Rav has joined our minyan and this practice has been
>stopped based on the fact that it is halachicly prohibitted.
>Could you please provide some perspective on whether there are any clear
>halachic prohibitions of this practice, if it is executed in a most
>orthodox and modest fashion. Further, what are the reasons for it to be
Since the new Rabbi in Sydney is the halachic posek who determined what
the proper behavior should be in his particular shul, I feel that any
questions regarding his p'sak should be directed to him. Nowadays with
so many Jews second-guessing the decisions of their Rabbis, it is
becoming increasingly difficult to run a shul or congregation. Not that
it was that much easier before. Asei Lecha Rav, VeHistalek min haSafek
(Aquire a Rabbi for yourself and avoid situations of doubt [Ethics of our
Fathers 1:16] ).