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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Should a woman make a shehechiyanu after the completion of the last letters of a sefer Torah she commissioned?

Since 1) women are obligated acc to many opinions in the Mivtzah and b) a common custom is for the owner to say shehechiyanu at completion (with a new fruit). So, for example, a woman who commissions a sefer in memory of, say, her late husband, and she is the owner, can / should she say shehechiyanu???

I've never seen it done, but why not?

2 comments:

  1. Majority of early and late Poskim (Rambam (Sefer Hamitzvos 18), Chinuch (Mitzvah 613), Sfas Emes (Yoreh Deah 270)) hold that women are exempt from writing a sefer torah since they are not obligated in learning torah, however, some authorities (Shagyas Aryeh) hold that woman are also obligated in this mitzvah.
    Besides for this, there is a separate discussion among the Poskim if a woman can make a bracha in front of men, like the bracha of Hagomel after giving birth.
    Therefore to endorse the idea of way of an obligation or minhag I would say we don't.
    Having said that, if she wants to make a bracha on a pri chadash (without doing it as a public thing) and have in mind for the Torah on the day of the siyum it is not seem to be a problem.

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