Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Women and Tachanun

It is not customary for women to recite Tachanun. Some explain that the reason for this is similar to the reason that women do not recite Maariv. Since they were both originally optional prayers, women did not accept them upon themselves (Tefillas Bas Yisrael 2,12).

Others explain that Tachanun creates a situation where we pray in every possible position. Pesukei D’zimra and Shema are recited mostly while seated, Shemoneh Esrei while standing, and Tachanun in a bowed position. Since many halachic authorities rule that women are not obligated to say Pesukei D’zimra and Shema, they do not recite Tachanun either (Machzeh Eliyahu 20).

We may add that throwing oneself to the floor may be immodest for a woman. Since Tachanun originally involved falling before Hashem, women did not say this prayer. Even today, when the custom is to recite Tachanun while leaning on one’s arm, women still do not say this prayer.


Text Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 
Sell Chometz Online







ARTICLES ON PESACH AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

Ordering Priorities
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

There's One in Every Generation
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

The Counting of the Omer
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

ArtScroll

Maybe Next Year, in Jerusalem!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Kadesh
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

What is the Question?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Passover Never Passes Over
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5762

Worth the Struggle
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

A Focus of Our Attention
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Good ‘Till the Last Drop
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

Reading, Reviewing, Reciting
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

Relating the Chain of Events: Part 3
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

> The Real Us!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

"HaKol B'Seder!"
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5762

Last Days of Pesach
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

Urchatz, Karpas, Yachatz
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information