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Rising for a woman

Question:

Is there ever a time when one would rise for a woman?

Thank you

Answer:

Here are a number of times when one should stand up for a woman.

  1. A child shoud stand up when his mother enters the room.
  2. For one’s mother in law, or a step mother.
  3. Standing for the wife of a talmid chacham. There is a story told that the Chofetz Chaim stood up when the wife of R’ Boruch Ber entered the room because “eishes chaver k’chaver”.
  4. An old woman
  5. When a woman is doing a mitzvah, such as when a kallah in her way to the chuppah enters the room, (because she is on the way to do a mitzvah).

Sources:

  1. Y:D 240-7.
  2. Taz Y:D 240-20.
  3. Halachos Kitanos 1-154, Ramban, Rashba, Ran Shavuos 30b, Ben Ish Chai 2 KI Teitzei 16, R’ S> Z. Auerbach zt”l (letter at the end of sefer V’hadarta Pnei Zaken), Shevet Halevi 5-130. Kima Vhidur 7 ftnt. 40.
  4. Shevet Halevi ibid.

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