Kol ishah

Definitions

  • lit. 'The voice of a woman'. Refers to the prohibition of men hearing the voice of a woman singing.

Example Sentences

  • "He didn't go to the concert because of Kol Ishah."
  • "The school said that only mothers could attend the celebration because of Kol Ishah - the girls would be singing."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

קול אישה

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

Notes

Observed by Haredi, RWMO and occasionally MO.

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