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Section: Taryag Mitzvos   Category: Minchas Chinuch
Parshas Shoftim: A Jewish Queen, An Heiress To The Throne?

The Rambam in Hilchos Milachim 1:5 paskens that you may not appoint a women to be Queen. This is based on a Sifri that says the pasuk (Devarim 17:15) says "Melech" and not "Malka". The Minchas Chinuch suggests that maybe this exclusion of a women Queen is only by appointment. If her father was King and she is an only child can she be Queen through inheritance? He brings a similar concept from the Noda BiYehuda (CM 1), who says that although you cannot apppoint the son of a Giyores to be King, nevertheless if the King marries a Giyores, his son can inherit the throne since he is not appointed King but rather by inheriting his father. He proves this from Rechavam the son and successor of Shlomo HaMelech whose mother Na'ama was a Giyores from Amon.

Although still in doubt, the Minchas Chinuch says that she might be disqualified because the Pasuk says "Hu U'Banav", the king and his sons. This suggests that only his son's inherits the throne and not his daughters. In any event says the Minchas Chinuch, if the King has a grandson from his daughter, this grandson may definitely inherit the throne through his mother.

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