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Mechitzah (separation between the sexes)

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Mechitzah (separation between the sexes): the partition separating between the men’s and women’s sections in a synagogue.
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The mechitzah (Hebrew for “partition”) separates men and women in synagogue and at other religious functions. This allows for concentration in prayer without distraction. This follows the practice of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, where there were separate...
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