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    bpt
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    As far as “the back of the bus”, I would say that the woman who is willing to sit still for 4-5 hours of speeches, does not want to be front and center in a mixed venue. The mechitza is something they want.

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    cherrybim
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    “The organizers dont make money from gas and tolls”

    I’m just wondering about the total cost to the frum community for the event.

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    mdd
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    Cherrybim, you are so wrong! The Beis HaMikdash did have a mechitza — during Simchas Beis HaShoeva when many women came. That mechitza is the mekor for having a mechitza in shuls or at simchos (even if women do not dance).

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    cherrybim
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    “during Simchas Beis HaShoeva when many women came”

    It was an elevation, a seperate area; not a mechitza.

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    gavra_at_work
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    Cherrybim, you are so wrong! The Beis HaMikdash did have a mechitza — during Simchas Beis HaShoeva when many women came. That mechitza is the mekor for having a mechitza in shuls or at simchos (even if women do not dance).

    As I’ve said before, this is the Machlokes whether a mechitza is required in this day as well. It is a Machlokes Rishonim. Rashi in Succah and the Rambam in Yad hold there was no physical Mechitza, just a separation. Rambam in POerush Hamishna is Mashma there was a physical blockage.

    Later day Poskim (such as the Satmer Rov, I believe) say that even though there was no mechitza in the Bais Hamikdash, we need it due to Niskatnu Hadoros.

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    cherrybim
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    This is why the great shuls had balconies for women rather than a machitza, so that the women could see as was the case in the bais hamikdash.

    #854477

    I attended the last siyum hashas and pretty sure I remember some sort of screen/curtain being lowered from the ceiling intermittently as a mechitzah (possibly for when we said tehillim? Don’t remember exactly, but I was in the “upper section” in the women’s section. Still have my ticket even 🙂 )

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