- What do you notice about the rituals?
- Do you feel connected to this at all in 2023?
- How do you understand "nachat ruach"?
- What do you think about the rabbis allowing women to lean considering "nachat ruach"?
Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, “Women in Leadership,” Tradition 49:1 (2016), pp. 31-35
With respect to some limited issues currently in debate, Halakhah of course determines our standard. However, we should, earnestly and honestly, strive to ascertain that our Halakhic judgment be sound and comprehensive. In this connection, serious and responsible posekim, impeccably committed and with catholicity of Torah knowledge, should, I believe, give greater weight than, in recent generations, has been assigned, to the dispensation of la’asot nahat ruah le-nashim, cited in the Gemara and in Shulhan Arukh as the basis for permitting what might otherwise have been proscribed. This is, admittedly, a possibly risky proposition, and one can understand the reluctance of posekim to resort to this factor. But if we want to sustain the integrity of a pesak, we ought at least to give this element consideration
- What are the ramifications of understanding "nachat ruach l'nashim" as a meta-halakhic principle?