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From: Russell Hendel <rhendel@saber.towson.edu> Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 22:00:03 -0400 (EDT) Subject: RE: Women and Angels Ira Robinson in v29n88 asks whether we should follow certain laws whose reason focuses on our resembling angels. This was recently asked on the sister email group, AVODAH. Allow me to bring depth to Iras question by generalizing it to include several examples. EXAMPLE 1: Men stand during Shmoneh Esray with their feet together in order to resemble the angels whose feet are aligned together (Ez 1). EXAMPLE 2: Men wear Kittles on the high holy days in order to resemble the angels that are pure. Over and above the technical legal sources that answer these questions I would suggest an approach that concentrates on underlying reasons. More specifically --We stand with feet together during prayer IN ORDER TO SHOW RESPECT/REVERENCE to God. But women must also show respect to God and hence should stand the same way --We wear kittles in order to a) remind ourselves of goals of spiritual purity b) remind ourselves of the day of death (and induce a sense of humility) Since women need these reminders also they should wear kittles. Finally I take note that Sarah surpassed Abraham in prophecy and therefore had the status of an angel. Russell Jay Hendel; Phd ASA RJHendel@Juno.Com Moderator Rashi is Simple http://www.shamash.org/rashi/