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  • noun Plural form of posek.

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Examples

  • The judges tend to make legal decisions only according to the majority of the poskim, which is especially difficult on the issue of agunah; the judges sit very short amounts of time on individual cases, requiring the couple to return to the court several times with renewed arguments, thus creating tension.

    Legal-Religious Status of the Married Woman.

  • Although this exemption is counterintuitive, it has given opportunities for poskim to introduce leniencies for women in reference to contraception and abortion.

    Legal-Religious Status of the Jewish Female.

  • Contemporary poskim who seek to intensify gender separation tend to excessively stress the severity of this prohibition, to include it in the category of prohibitions connected with menstrual impurity, and thereby magnify the severity of the ban on mixed dancing.

    Modesty and Sexuality in Halakhic Literature.

  • Oftentimes the public was reproached to change its behavior in these realms, while in other instances the poskim justified such behavior, either after the fact or a priori.

    Modesty and Sexuality in Halakhic Literature.

  • Leading contemporary poskim tempered this prohibition by limiting it to situations that we patently fear may deteriorate to the commission of an actual sin.

    Modesty and Sexuality in Halakhic Literature.

  • If the husband committed adultery or frequented prostitutes, some poskim allowed the court to compel him to divorce her and pay her ketubbah (Isserles E.H. 154: 1).

    Legal-Religious Status of the Married Woman.

  • R. Meir Feldblum claims that today there is a dispute among the poskim as to whether existing halakhic models may be expanded.

    Legal-Religious Status of the Married Woman.

  • They were given a different, more dangerous, status by R. Joseph Dov Soloveitchik, considered one of the major poskim of the twentieth century.

    Legal-Religious Status of the Married Woman.

  • As a result, some poskim (rabbinical decisors) obligate women in havdalah (blessing at termination of Sabbaths and festivals) because of its connection to the biblical Sabbath but others claim it is only a rabbinic commandment and exempt women (Encyclopedia Talmudit, Isha 249: 1).

    Legal-Religious Status of the Jewish Female.

  • These laws are reiterated several times in the Babylonian Talmud (Eruvin 96b, Rosh ha-Shanah 33a, Hagigah 16b, Hullin 85a) and among the poskim (Rambam, Pesulei Mukdashim 4: 14; 6: 4, etc.).

    Legal-Religious Status of the Jewish Female.

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