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Why are women obligated in the Passover seder if it is a time-related Mitzvah?

by Rabbi Yisrael Rice

  

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Good question! Indeed women are exempt from most Mitzvahs which carry a time contingency,1 but the night of Passover is an exception.


Why? Because women were an integral part of the miracle and redemption--therefore, they too must observe all of the mitzvahs of Passover.2

Footnotes

  • 1. See "Which mitzvot are women obligated to fulfill?" (http://www.askmoses.com/en/article/576,2512/Which-mitzvahs-are-women-obligated-to-fulfill.html)
  • 2. This very same reason explains why women are obligated to kindle the Menorah on Chanukah (or have someone light it for them), and hear the megillah on Purim.

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Passover
A Biblically mandated early-spring festival celebrating the Jewish exodus from Egypt in the year 1312 BCE.