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Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Chelkas Yaakov & Rav Menashe Klein: Should Woman Go To Shul For Megilas Esther?
The Mogen Avrohom (689) says that because women are Chayav in Megilah you must read it to them at home. The Chelkas Yaakov (OC 232:2) says that this implies that there is no need for them to go to Shul to hear it with a minyan. The question is if they are Chayav why are they not chayav to hear it BiRov Am together with the Tzibbur?

The Chelkas Yaakov answers that the mitzva of Megila does not need a Minyan. However there is a special mitzva of Pirsumei Nisa of publicizing the Nes. This aspect he said does not apply to women upon who the pasuk says, "Kol Kivuda Bas Melech Pnima". Especially given that it is much more difficult to hear each word in the women's section and it would be hard for them to be Yotzei anyway.

However the Piskei Tshuvos brings from Rav Menashe Klein that there is an importance attached to women hearing Megila BiTzibbur. Therefore unlike the Chelkas Yaakov he holds if there is a choice between women coming to SHul and having children under Bar Mitzva babysit or vice versa, the women should come to shul and the children can hear the megila later at home.

Important Note: We bring this tshuvah as a starting point for discussion and not to convey any halacha. We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. One should learn the tshuva to verify the accuracy of our interpretation. Please understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.