Women's Issues: Women in Judaism: The Exemption of Women From Time-bound Positive Commandments:
Does the Torah exempt women from time-bound positive commandments?
he statement that women are not obligated to do positive time-bound mitzvos
is part of the Oral Torah. It occurs as a anonymous statement in the Mishnah
(Kiddushin 1:7); there are some differences of opinion among the Tannaim as
to its exact scope, but they all accept it as a binding principle. The Talmud
(Kiddushin 34a-35a) discusses how this principle might be inferred by
generalization from specific commandments for which there are grounds for
exempting women, but the principle itself does not depend on these inferences.
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