Kol ishah


  • 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


קול אישה

Who Uses This

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


North America


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


Observed by Haredi, RWMO and occasionally MO.

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