October 14, 2012 1:49 am at 1:49 am #605192
What is the proper approach. Personally I dont’ get the need for sep. seating. But then I personally don’t flirt or am chatty with women in that setting anyway so I may be out of touch.
Suppose one person is from a community that virtually never had sep seating incl. the Rav’s children while the other side is used to almost excl. sep and wants that.
Who is supposed to compromise and is it poss. to have on people can select their seating preference?
I know this can be funny and joking is fine but is all a serious question as to what to do.October 14, 2012 2:09 am at 2:09 am #1037915
One thing you need to realize is that if there is any mixed seating, you may have a large number of guests who will decline to attend the wedding since their (via their rabbonim) personal position is to decline to attend any wedding with any mixed seating.
From a practical standpoint, mixed dancing is strictly prohibited according to all sources. And men being in view of women dancing is strictly prohibited. That being said, how will the men be precluded from viewing the women (in the mixed section) dancing? If that cannot be prevented, it is halachicly prohibited according to all sources.October 14, 2012 3:15 am at 3:15 am #1037916
We had a mixture at our wedding. Those who wouldn’t be comfortable were seated family style. Those who were single and wouldn’t be comfortable in mixed seating sat separate. We had all the tables centrally located with the separate male and female tables far from each other on either end of the group of tables. The dance floor was at the end of the group of tables, instead of the middle, with the mens dance floor facing the tables and a mechitza across so you couldn’t see the women on the other side. It worked out well.October 14, 2012 3:32 am at 3:32 am #1037917
Most “frum” halls today will not allow mixed seating @ a wed so u would be really limiting ur self were u can make a simcha but I did see by a few simchas were they had sep seating w a michitzah and then they had like 2 mixed tables all the way in coner like for work mates or the like who wouldn’t know what to do on a sep tableOctober 14, 2012 4:30 am at 4:30 am #1037918
We had mixed seating at our simchas, but offered the alternative for those who wished to be separate, and kept the separate men’s tables (there were 2)on the side of the mechitzah where the men were dancing. The spouses of those men were seated on the side where the women danced.October 14, 2012 4:34 am at 4:34 am #1037919
Simchah Goreres Simchah.October 14, 2012 4:34 am at 4:34 am #1037920
How did the women (in the mixed section) dance with men being able to see them dance?October 14, 2012 4:43 am at 4:43 am #1037921
What is the difference with mixed seating on an aircraft? V mixed seating at w wedding? Especially in light of the fact that I am served Kosher food at these 2 scenarios.October 14, 2012 5:10 am at 5:10 am #1037922
There are problems when men and women socialize (without the only intent being considering the opposite gendered person to be your possible shidduch.)October 14, 2012 5:12 am at 5:12 am #1037923
who is hosting? I think that has a lot to do with whose standards prevail. Or the location; if it is in a mixed seating community or if it is in the non-mix area.October 14, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm #1037924
Almost all frum places allow mixed seating even in Williamsburg. Its mixed dancing they will not allow
What people do is have areas of mixed seating for those who wish it and seperate for those who dont. (The host should know in advance who wants what)
As far as the “socialize” comment. I was at a chassidic wedding in New Square (There is some big hall there) and while I did not stay for the meal, I was there for the Smogosgord and it was a mixed Smogosboard.
And what really frum people do who go to a mixed seating event is sit next to their spouces on one side and a member of the same gender on the other.October 14, 2012 1:37 pm at 1:37 pm #1037925
There is no such thing as a mixed smorg in New Square. The hall has a brick wall between the men and woman downstairs, and the woman are upstairs while the men are downstairs.October 14, 2012 3:17 pm at 3:17 pm #1037926
Most halls today allow for separate seating. They’ll accommodate. In fact I haven’t been to one of the opposite in a long time. We’ve modernized!October 14, 2012 3:18 pm at 3:18 pm #1037927
The Litvishe Kiryas Yoelite: I don’t think it’s the women’s responsibility not to dance if men are nearby. It’s the responsibility of the men not to look.October 14, 2012 3:25 pm at 3:25 pm #1037928
You can say what you want, I was there, It was mixed Shmogasbard. It was that large building near the road that is blocked to the main part of New Square. (Sorry I dont know the name of the building. I am not so familiar with New Square), But it was the main building and it was very nice.
. Like I said I left after the Chuppah as I had to get back to the City area so I dont know what the meal and dancing looked like. They couple were definatly Chassidic though. (If it was a big room with a Mechiza , or seperate floors)October 14, 2012 4:16 pm at 4:16 pm #1037929
147, the aircraft i have been on offered absolutely no opportunity for dancing. I could barely make it down the aisle standing up straight.
And while consumption of food is not the issue, i must add that the food that was served on aforementioned aircraft could arguably not be referred to as food.October 14, 2012 5:57 pm at 5:57 pm #1037930
Feif: That isn’t entirely correct. Women are also prohibited from dancing in the presence of men.October 14, 2012 7:04 pm at 7:04 pm #1037931
Tragically, the narrow sightness & inflexibility of these separated weddings are squandering numerous opportunities for meeting potential Shidduchim and hence tragically exasperating this tragic Shidduch crisis.October 14, 2012 8:16 pm at 8:16 pm #1037932
Seeing as though the old Gateshead Rov Ztvk”l saw the necessity to institute separate times for boys and girls in the public Jewish shops there (see thread: ”Separate times for bochurim and sem girls in Gateshead”), at least they shouldn’t be sitting together.
They certainly shouldn’t be seated in such a way as to have unrelated members of different genders sitting next to each other.
I have heard too, although I am not sure what the source is, that if there is no separate seating at a chassuna, then according to halacha one is not allowed to say “shehasimcha bim’ono” in the zimun because there is not a proper hashra’as hashechinah such gatherings. 147, maybe this is the answer to your question – you don’t need such a hashra’as hashechinah in an aeroplane!October 14, 2012 9:28 pm at 9:28 pm #1037933
How did the women (in the mixed section) dance with men being able to see them dance? “
If men want to b’davka watch women dance, BELIEVE ME they will find a way to do so, regardless of whether or not it is a separate seating simcha. The only way to absolutely ensure this will not occur is if the men and women are in two completely separate buildings. When we get to that type of circumstance, I think it will present a whole new meaning to separate seating.October 14, 2012 9:32 pm at 9:32 pm #1037934
I have heard too, although I am not sure what the source is, that if there is no separate seating at a chassuna, then according to halacha one is not allowed to say “shehasimcha bim’ono” in the zimun because there is not …”
Perhaps that refers to the chuppah itself (though in outdoor chuppahs, people all stand around together, mopre or less in my experience). Maybe if the chuppah is “tainted” by this, the zimun later on is also considered to be tainted. I have never heard of such a thing, however. Hashem created male AND female. It hardly seems likely that He would remove His Shechinah because men and women were in the same place together being mesameach with a Chosson and Kallah.October 14, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm #1037935
zahavsdad and litvishe; You are probably talking about “ateres charna”- a popular hall on the main road but not in the middle of New Square. I think it is owned by New Square and the income goes to the village. The “smorgashboard’ certainly is mixed. (I have been there numerous times). The hall is mainly used by non-skverer chassidim. The seating is separate snd a mechitza (of course) for dancing.October 15, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am #1037936
gr8 masmid: That is the Shittah of the Bach who is a very minority opinion (and the reason is not precisely as you say it, but close enough).October 15, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am #1037937
Sam: It is hardly a minority opinion. It is cited in many other sources as well, including Sefer HaMinhagim, and the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 149:1 (based on the Bach and Beis Shmuel) rules that “shehasimcho bimoinoi” 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. This is one of the basis that many contemporary poskim use to rule that there must be a mechitza at weddings and sheva brochos.October 15, 2012 2:40 am at 2:40 am #1037938
1)Any ??? with real yiras shomayim and understanding of tzniyus wouldn’t feel comftorble dancing in front of men
2) “If a man really wanted to watch he always could” -The point is to make it out-of-the-way so that as long as a man doesn’t try to tempt himself he won’t be.
3)Sam2-please explain “Simcha goreres simcha” and it’s relevance to this discussion.
4)I have a lot to say to those who prefer mixed chasunahs but to prevent this post from being deleted I’ll leave my machaos for a different time.October 15, 2012 3:29 am at 3:29 am #1037939
Wisey: It is a phrase I have heard used by several Chashuve Rabbonim and Roshei Yeshivah, Davka about this issue. Their point is that the Chassan and Kallah put all of their friends who might be Shayach for each other at the same tables so that they can meet and perhaps make a Chasunah of their own someday soon.October 15, 2012 3:46 am at 3:46 am #1037940
Yes, even the “frum” halls, will allow a few mixed tables. We had that at our wedding. Regarding the men seeing the ladies dance, there is usually a “natural” Mechitza of ladies standing around the outer circle anyway so that it is very hard to see anything anyway. And yes, as mentioned before, if men want to look in, they will look in, even if they are in separate halls.
You also have those “frum” couples, who will only bring their spouses IF it is davka mixed seating, since they will enjoy a night out together (yes, a novel idea in the frum world!).
All in all, this topic can be discussed for days/weeks – it started out as a nice Chumra and now evolved into something larger than the Simcha itself unfortunately.
Mazal Tov!October 15, 2012 4:22 am at 4:22 am #1037941
I know of a situation where the mesader kiddushin had no objection to mixed seating per se, but he said that given the fact that many of those attending would not be frum, there was no way to assure that there wouldn’t be mixed dancing. Therefore, he gave a thumbs down to mixed seating.October 15, 2012 6:26 am at 6:26 am #1037942
Regarding the men seeing the ladies dance, there is usually a “natural” Mechitza of ladies standing around the outer circle anyway so that it is very hard to see anything anyway.
A “natural Mechitza” for the dancing!?! Surely you jest. Are you talking about an Orthodox wedding???October 15, 2012 7:13 am at 7:13 am #1037943
I was at a wedding that had some mixed tables. They had two separate dance floors, one at each end, and there was a mechitzah around the women’s dance floor. (Therefore, even the men who were at the mixed tables could not see the women dancing.)October 15, 2012 6:24 pm at 6:24 pm #1037944
I fail to really “get” what the big deal is about. Have any of you actually WATCHED the women when they dance? They basically run around in circles and THAT’S IT! Decades ago, there were real dance steps to the popular Jewish music. But no more (except maybe “Yidden”). Any man who is just DYING to watch a woman run around in a circle, and worse, LIKES what he sees, really needs to get out more.October 15, 2012 7:09 pm at 7:09 pm #1037945
Oomis: That comment of yours is hardly a halachic justification to allow men to watch women dance or to allow women to dance in front of men.October 15, 2012 9:36 pm at 9:36 pm #1037946
Anything that could possibly make any man have any illegitimate thoughts about a woman should be outlawed.
In Gateshead, they would be rightly appalled at the suggestion of mixed seating, and not only that, but they take the further precaution that the Chassan and Kallah aren’t even allowed to hold hands as they step off the chupah, for that very purpose of avoiding hirhurei aveirah.
Any inconvenience this may cause to the ba’alei simchah pales into insignificance when compared with the ‘kateigor’ of having caused someone to have improper thoughts at your simchah.October 15, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm #1037947
R’ Moshe Feinstein had mixed seating when he married off his children.October 15, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm #1037948
Anything that could possibly make any man have any illegitimate thoughts about a woman should be outlawed.
that’s why I advocate for frontal lobotomies and shock therapy on all post pubescent boys. It’s the only way to keep ALL thoughts at bay.October 15, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm #1037949
Oomis, i’m usually a big fan of your interesting, well written posts, but that last one makes no sense at all.
The Torah was not presented for us to analyze, rationalize and take apart as if it was a work by Shakespeare or Rembrandt, presented for our enjoyment or approval. The Torah is Divine. Sometimes Mitzvos make sense (think Tzedaka or the prohibition against speaking Lashon Hara) and sometimes, to our limited human minds, they don’t (think para aduma or ben sorer umoreh). Our job is to follow Halacha as closely as possible. A man in the presence of an unwell 90 year old woman who is not dressed properly cannot daven. The likelihood that he will feel any sort of physical attraction is just not there. The fact that this doesn’t make sense to you, or anybody else, doesn’t change anything.October 15, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm #1037950
Avhaben: Her point was that what is done at weddings by women (I’m assuming, I haven’t investigated this for obvious reasons) doesn’t count as dancing.October 15, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm #1037951
Sam: What she is describing above constitutes dancing.
Feif Un: That was only at the Tendlers wedding (and at the Choson’s wish, not Rav Moshe’s.) At Rav Dovid and Rav Reuven’s chasunas there was seperate seating only.October 15, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm #1037952
All “sumorgs” are for ladies ie the kallah is there by the men “the mens tish” they also have food and hot food no body gaurds stand outside the ladies room forbiding men to come in it is not per se mixed but by litvish or modern men the men seem to trickle into the smorg (by the ladies side) and that is y u think it is a mixed smorg
As far as mixed seating I personally was involved w sb that wanted no hall in boro park would accomidate and I think one is willi was they had to go out a little to get accomidatedOctober 16, 2012 1:13 am at 1:13 am #1037953
A man in the presence of an unwell 90 year old woman who is not dressed properly cannot daven. The likelihood that he will feel any sort of physical attraction is just not there. The fact that this doesn’t make sense to you, or anybody else, doesn’t change anything.”
OK, I shoulda, coulda, woulda, made an emoticon to show I was speaking tongue in cheek. Of course, what you said is correct. I was making fun of the fact that what most women do is not even remotely anything resembling dancing these days, (so the men are not actually watching females dance), but of course, the idea is they should not be watching them no matter HOW bad the so-called dancing is.
(Golfer, still nice to be appreciated, even when you disagreed with my ill-disguised attempt at humor). FTR, however, how do you explain the idea that on Tu B’Av, the young unmarried females specifically got all glammed up and danced in front of the single men (for purposes of shidduchim)?October 16, 2012 1:14 am at 1:14 am #1037954
And thank you Sam2, for getting my point.October 16, 2012 1:15 am at 1:15 am #1037955
Sam: What she is describing above constitutes dancing”
Only by the greatest stretch of imagination and suspension of one’s disbelief.October 16, 2012 3:19 am at 3:19 am #1037956
Even without the issue of dancing, it is still a ma’alah to have separate sitting. Especially, taking into account how dressed up and covered with make-up most women are.October 16, 2012 4:02 am at 4:02 am #1037957
I’m not sure how this discussion veered off-topic so quickly. The original post was discussing mixed seating, not mixed dancing.
Anyway, yeah, I really enjoy those weddings I attend where I can sit next to my wife. Especially when I don’t really know anyone.October 16, 2012 9:45 am at 9:45 am #1037958
A bochur once went to R’ Elya Lopian zt”l, asking him if for permission to miss Yeshiva and go to a wedding. It turned out that the wedding was mixed. The bochur said to R’ Elya: “I’ll sit on the side with a Sefer, and I won’t be ????”.
R’ Elya turned to him and shouted: “I am eighty years old, and blind in one eye, yet i walk in the street with my head lowered towards the ground so that I shouldn’t ?”? be ????. You are a healthy teenager – how can you possibly assure yourself that you will not be ?????”
I think there is an earlier source for this story: “?? ????? ????? ?? ??? ????”.
Even the ??? ?’ ????? was once walking with thousands of Talmidim, and the Satan appeared on a tree disguised as a beautiful woman. R’ Akiva actually began climbing the tree to do an ?????, before controlling himself. And this is in public, the ??? ?’ ????? and UP A TREE.
I personally don’t understand anybody who would put themselves into a situation of nisayon.October 16, 2012 9:47 am at 9:47 am #1037959
There is a very long piece from the ??? ???? in ??? ?????, about mixed dancing. If anybody can find it, please write it here!October 16, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am #1037960
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Mixed Seating at Weddings
When men and women are seated together at a wedding the poskim say that the beracha of simcha b’miono is not recited at the sheva berochos because there is no simcha if men and women are sitting mixed.(38) The Levush (39) says if men and women see each other then no simcha b’miono is recited, but today since women are out on the streets more than in previous years we are not concerned that one will have thoughts about women. Many poskim say that the heter of the Levush does not apply in our day and age, since many women do not dress according to the way they are supposed to making people more susceptible to think about them. (40) Although years ago mixed seating may have been something which many people (even chareidim) did, this may not be done today and a mechitza should be made at every wedding.(41) Today, since the kallah is the only one brought into the men’s section at a wedding during sheva berochos, the beracha of simcha b’miono is recited. (42)
At a Chupah
Some poskim say that one should have a mechitza between men and women by a chupah.(43) Other poskim say the path separating the men and women (red carpet) is enough of a separation in this regard. The minhag seems to be like this second opinion.(44) Many Chassidim make the chupah outside; when the chupah is outside no mechitza is required. (45) (At a badeken and during the Smorgasbord a mechitza should be made, but it is not the custom). (46)
(38) Sefer Hapardes (Rashi) page 72:29, Sefer Chassidim 393:page 103, Yam Shel Shlomo Gittin 1:18, Kesubos 1:20, Bach E.H. 62, Be’er Heitiv E.H. 62:11, Bach Hachadoshes Y.D. 55:page 114, Bais Shmuel E.H. 62:11, Chasam Sofer C.M. 190:page 71, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 149:1, Orchos Tzaddikim simcha page 67, Pela Yoetz Chosson:page 249, Yeuhda Yaaleh 2:45:5, Ahavas Chesed 3:6:in footnote :page 286, Yabea Omer E.H 3:10:9, Natei Gavriel Nesuin 43:1, 94:3, Minhag Yisroel Torah Nesuin pages 210-212, Birchos Chasanim page 223:45:footnote 101, refer to Shulchan Aruch 529:4, Mishnah Berurah 22, Shar Ha’tzyion 21. (39) O.C. minhagim 36. (40) Lev Avraham 1:135, Vayivorech Dovid E.H. 1:121:page 12, Oz Nedberu 12:47. (41) Refer to Igros Moshe O.C. 1:39, 1:41, Be’er Moshe ibid, Teshuvos V’hanhugos 2:651, Natei Gavriel Nesuin 39:2, Journal Of Halacha and Contemporary Society 35:pages 34-35, Shearim Metzuyanim B’halacha 149:1. Some Chassidim have a wall between men and women (Yisroel Kedoshim pages 72-74). One should not let the women come to the men’s side of the hall (Ibid). It goes without saying that it is absolutely forbidden to have mixed dancing at a wedding (Refer to Ben Ish Chai Shoftim 1:18, Shiurei Beracha E.H. 21:1, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 152:13, Biur Halacha 339 “l’hukel,” Aruch Ha’shulchan 529:7, E.H. 65:3, Igros Moshe E.H. 1:97, 2:13, O.C. 2:30, 4:35, Minchas Yitzchok 3:109:1, 3:111, Be’er Moshe 4:147:31:page 236, Soveh Simchas 1:14:page 194, Nesuin K’hilchosom 13:26, Halichos Bas Yisroel 7:16, Yugel Yaakov pages 237-241:footnote 325, Yabea Omer 1:30:15). One is allowed to stay at a mixed wedding as long as he or she does not dance (Halichos Bas Yisroel 7:footnote 35). If a Yid wants to dance by a mixed wedding he should not take off his yarmulka (Igros Moshe Y.D. 2:33, see Yugel Yaakov page 232). One should not rent a hall to people if there will be mixed dancing (Igros Moshe Y.D. 1:72, O.C. 4:35). (42) Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita, see Minhag Yisroel Torah Nisuin pages 210-212, Divrei Shalom 6:130. (43) Yabea Omer E.H. 3:10:9, Vayivorech Dovid E.H. 1:121, Be’er Moshe 4:147:31. (44) Refer to Srdei Eish 1:page 216:5, Asei Lecha Rav 3:40, 8:22, see Natei Gavriel Nesuin 18:1. (45) Vayivorech Dovid ibid:page 12. (46) Refer to Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society 35:page 61. One should not go to the women’s section to call his wife, rather a young child should be sent (V’ein Lumo Michshal 5:page 272).
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Rav Shlomo Auerbach was at an affair of some sort and there was mixed seating.
Someone went over to the Rav and asked him how he could be at such an event. The Rav then gave the person a sharp stinging rebuke on derech eretz and then proceeded to sit next to the RebbitzenOctober 16, 2012 1:19 pm at 1:19 pm #1037962
The reason the men go to the women’s smorg is that the food is better. Also, if the only person I know there is my wife, I’d rather hang out with her than be bored.
Also, what’s with all the female relatives in form-fitting gowns? How is that considered tzniusdik? Even the so-called tzniusdik wedding gowns are form-fitting.October 16, 2012 1:31 pm at 1:31 pm #1037963
Sam2- Only MO rabbis would have made that MGM comment on this topic that you heard.
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