Must Women Hear Zachor?

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torahMany opinions (incl. Minchas Chinuch, Chasam Sofer, Maharil Diskin, Minchas Elozor, and many others) rule that women are obligated in the reading of Parshas Zachor. While many others (incl. Chinuch, Avnei Nezer, Chazon Ish, The Griz M’Brisk, Divrei Chaim, Arugos Habosem) rule that women are not obligated. The general practice is for women to come to shul to listen to Parshas Zachor. Orchos Rabbeinu – Steipler 3:33, S’V Minchas Yitzchok 9:68

If one was unable to listen to Parshas Zachor, one may fulfill the mitzvah, Bi’dieved, by listening to the reading of “Vayovoi Amalek” which is read in shul on Purim day. Shulchan Aruchh w/Mishnah Brurah 685:7

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