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Sweet Rose Ramblings (AKA The Call-Waiting Blog)

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Thursday, July 12, 2007


I just received an e-mail from my shul announcing a tehillim (Psalms) gathering that will take place on Shabbos in order to try to help someone in my community who is very sick. The e-mail concluded "All women are encouraged to attend." Um, why are men NOT encouraged to attend? Do their thoughts and prayers not count when it comes to someone who is sick?


At July 12, 2007 9:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Men learn other things. In times of yore, and even now, how many women can or even want to learn talmud or even mishna ? It became a female experience....... but truth be told, when a person dies, people say tehilim non stop around the body.......and men say it then too.......................

At July 13, 2007 10:57 AM, Blogger Shoshana said...

This is not about learning anything. This is about people in a community reaching out and doing everything they can in order to try to help someone who is very ill. Is it not a man's place to make attempts to intervene on a sick person's behalf? Interesting how when it comes to the public leadership of the prayer for those who are ill, it's the man's job...


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