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How Important is a Mechitza

A president of a synagogue in Brooklyn once wrote to the Rebbe insisting on an explanation why a Mechitza separation between men and women is needed. Full Story

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After the recent article about a shul that every Rav agreeed had a mechitza that was too short this is slightly refreshing

Other events
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Other events

So according to this letter if there is a speaker there is no need for an actual Mechitza?

GOOD TO KNOW
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GOOD TO KNOW

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Taking the Rebbes guidance SERIOUSLY
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Taking the Rebbes guidance SERIOUSLY

It’ s interesting that in this letter the Rebbe is addressing a president of non Chabad synagogue where the Rebbe mentions that even if there is a mechitza nonetheless
“IT MUST COMPLETLEY HIDE THE VIEW, OTHERWISE A MECHITZA DOES NOT ACCOMPLISH IT’S PURPOSE”

And yet you have shpits shluchim that have the bare minimum standard of mechitza for their CHABAD synagogues.

Respectful Tone
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Respectful Tone

The Rebbe is always clear and respectful and positive.
That is how we should be.

I would hope that people take heart as to the reason we come to shul, and treat our time there with the respect it deserves,

Rabbi Pinchos Woolstone
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Rabbi Pinchos Woolstone

once again it is not only what the Rebbe says but how he expresses himself, with care and consideration coupled with clarity and unambiguity.
How fortunate are we who bask in his Holiness and love.

Mechitza at Sheva B'rachos
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Mechitza at Sheva B'rachos

Mechitza at Sheva B’rachos

the Rebbe brings the commentaries to the Shulchan Aruch that we may not say Shehasimcha Bim’ono (שהשמחה במעונו) during Birkat Hamazon if there is mixed seating.

Thank you Rebbe!!!!
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Thank you Rebbe!!!!
Teshura
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Teshura

This letter was given out by thr Rebbe secretary Rabbi Sholom Mendel Simpson in the Teshura at his grandchilds wedding about 2 months ago Thank you Rabbi Simpson we need more like this

Kudos
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Kudos

Thank you for publishing this beautiful letter. There are few authors wh can express the Halachic and Hashkafic points of a situation like the Rebbe. These words are valuable, as are the sensitivity and respect with which they are written.
Yasher Koach Rabbi Simpson & the authors of COLlive,

For Further Reading...
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For Further Reading...
Who is being hidden?
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Who is being hidden?

Quite crucial to point out that in order for a space such as the Rebbe describes to be created in the women’s section as well as the men’s section, the men should be hidden from women’s view in the same way the women should be hidden from the men’s view. In other words, the mechitza is a holy division to create two distinct spaces for prayer – one for men, one for women- in the united Shul area. In this vein, quite a number of mechitzot found in ultra-orthodox shuls should be re-assessed. Are they enabling the women to daven… Read more »

another letter from the Rebbe about Mechitza
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another letter from the Rebbe about Mechitza

By the Grace of G-d 20th of Tammuz, 5724 Brooklyn, N.Y. Greeting and Blessing: I received your letters of June 26th and 22nd, as well as your previous letters. . . . With regard to the wedding arrangements, I do not understand at all the logic of Mr… going to solicit the advice of a Dayan and then ignoring it and being Broiges. At any rate it is not my business to complicate relations between one Jew and another, especially as it is of no practical consequence. I am certain that the Chuppah and the wedding dinner will [be] arranged… Read more »

RE: Mechitza at Sheva Brachot
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RE: Mechitza at Sheva Brachot

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch [149;1] (based on the Bach and Beis Shmuel) rules that “Shehasimcha Bimono” שהשמחה במעונו (“in whose abode there is joy”) is not said during the benching of a sheva brochos if men and women are seated in the same room because there is no simcha when the evil inclination is active. On this basis many contemporary poskim rule that there must be a mechitza at weddings and sheva brochos.

The Rebbe and Mechitza
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The Rebbe and Mechitza

The Rebbe in a letter to parents who were planning a wedding for their children writes [free translation] “…When one arranges a wedding with a partition according to the stipulation of our Holy Torah the din is that we should say (in the Grace after meals) shehasimcho bimoinoi, which means that when mentioning Hashem’s name we do so in connection with simcha. This means that we should bring simcha into the world and especially to the choson and kallah. “Surely it is superfluous to write about what has happened in recent years in the world generally and particularly among Jews.… Read more »

to #12
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to #12

I think you are talking from your own “boich” as opposed to speaking halacha. There is no halachic concern about women viewing men while they daven. This is why many orthodox shuls have one way glass, etc. Trying to be stricter then necessary is fine for yourself but not fine when you try to put your stringencies onto me.

Mechitzas at other venues
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Mechitzas at other venues

This letter addresses the need for a mechitza in Shul. But what about mechitzas at other venues and events such as lectures, kiddushim and dinners? Obviously a mechitza is needed for dancing at weddings and other simchas since men and women cannot dance together. But if the main issue is to preserve the concentration and intense mood required during prayer, why is there a need for a mechitza at events which do not involve prayer?

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B”H people are finally realizing the importance of a mechitza! A mechitza is simply not a farfrumte separation. Shulchon Oruch is there for us all.

Dafka Mechitza
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Dafka Mechitza

As a man, I NEED mechitza. Go try davening in a conservative or reform shul (where there’s no mechitza, and, even more distracting, there’s mixed seating) – it’s torture. Everyone’s staring at each other – there is no kavana. This is especially terrible as the men and women are exchanging looks, gestures, and greetings from all over the room. All kinds of uncomfortable thoughts and ideas are occurring. Sorry women, but then the men start to gossip, chatter, and sound like the women. On Shabbos, for example, go ask one of the conservative or reform shul congregants something about the… Read more »

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