1 “Women are obliged to study the laws that they need to know, such as those involving family purity, salting meat, yichud, and so on, as well as all the positive mitzvos that are not contingent on a specific time, and all the prohibitive mitzvos, whether of Scriptural or Rabbinic authority.”2

“The3 Creator’s laws ‘which4 devolve upon us as a constant obligation, never ceasing (for either a man or a woman) for even a moment throughout his life, include the commands to proclaim His unity, to love Him and to stand in awe of Him.’

“Moreover: ‘The5 wholehearted proclamation of G‑d’s unity may be defined as a harmony between one’s heart (i.e., one’s understanding) and one’s tongue in [their conception and proclamation of] the unity of the Creator.’

“ ‘And6 by what path can a man attain this love and fear of G‑d? When one considers His works,... and from this perceives His wisdom,... he will immediately7...desire...to know the great Name....’

“However, with ‘the waning of the generations,’8 (for ‘if our forebears were like men [then we are like donkeys],’9) intense and redoubled toil is required,10 both physical and spiritual, (and the degree11 of exertion necessary is not the same for each individual,) for a person to attain the level of meditation and comprehension that will enable him to arrive at the awe and love of G‑d.

“Keeping all this in mind, it is self-evident that women too are obliged to study that dimension of the Torah which engenders and gives birth to a love and awe of the Almighty, explaining how His unity is utterly unique, and so on. For it is with regard to every single Jew and Jewess that the Torah writes, ‘For this thing is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.’ ”12

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“The giving of charity (in connection with Yud Shvat and similar occasions) applies to women also. In fact, for many reasons, women have an even greater affinity with this matter [than do men].”13

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“The Zohar (Bereishis 48b) teaches that a woman should light the Shabbos candles with a glad and willing heart.”14

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“It is the duty of chassidic women and girls to be at the forefront of every activity dedicated to fortifying the practice of Yiddishkeit in general, and, in particular, the observance of the laws of family purity. They should organize a society of chassidic daughters aimed at reinforcing all the facets of the chassidic spiritual lifestyle that relate to the upbringing and education of children, just as it was practiced in the homes of chassidim of earlier generations.”15