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Dvar Halakha, no. 3 and note 13; R. Pesah Eliyahu Falk, responsum appearing at the end of Tehilla le-Yona, Megilla (Lakewood, N.J.: Makhon Be’er haTorah, 5759) p. 554-562; R. Yeshayahu Shapira, Tseida laDerekh, (Jerusalem: Machon  Zomet, 2001), Chap. 67, secs. A1, C1 and C2, pp. 157 and 158.

107.For a discussion of the rationale, see supra, note 3.

108.Resp. Rav Pe’alim, Mikra’ei Kodesh, Resp. Tsits Eliezer, Adar uFurim and Purim Meshulash (all supra, note 106) suggest that Rama, O.H. sec. 690, no. 18 (see text near note 80), was hesitant to count women into a minyan together with men due to modesty considerations. Rama, however, would have no such reservations regarding a minyan for Megilla made up exclusively of women.

109.R. Sraya Devlitsky, Purim Meshulash, sec. 2, note 20, for example, refers to these second Megilla readings for women as the “takana gedola (important innovation) of Bnei Brak.

110.Surveys of the different opinions can be found in the following works: Encyclopedia Talmudit, XII, Zekhirat Ma’ase Amalek,” sec. 3 (p.222); R. Ovadiah Yosef, Hazon Ovadiah - Purim, Dinei Keri’at Arba Parshiyot, no. 3, note 17, p. 9; Resp. Yabia Omer, VIII, sec. 54; Resp. Yehave Da’at, I, sec. 84; Halikhot Beita, sec. 9, no. 5, note 8; Halikhot Bat Yisrael, sec. 22, no. 1, notes 1-4; Hilkhot Hag beHag: Purim, sec. 3, no. 3 note 8 and end of addendum to sec. 3, no. 2 note 7, p. 214; Nitei Gavriel—Dinei uMinhagei Purim, sec. 4, no. 4, notes 5-8, and no. 10, note 14; responsum of R. Isaac Goldberger printed at the very end of the 5744 edition of Nitei Gavriel—Hilkhot Purim [the responsum does not appear in the later, 5752, edition]. For additions, see Aryeh A. Frimer, Tradition, supra, note 3 and footnotes 36-38 therein. To those who obligate women, add R. Israel Meir haKohen Kagan, Sefer haMitsvot haKatsar, Mitsva 76; R. Baruch HaLevy Epstein, Torah Temima, Deut. 25:19, note 206; Resp. Minhat Yitshak, IX, sec. 68, no. a; Teshuvot veHanhagot, III, sec. 223; R. Joseph Shalom Elyashiv, cited in Rigshei Lev, Chap. 7, parag. 27, note 49. To those who exempt women, add R. Hayyim Halberstam, Resp. Divrei Hayyim, O.H. II, sec. 14; Resp. Divrei Yatsiv, O.H., II, sec. 288; R. Elijah David Rabinowitz-Teomim, Hiddushei haGaon haAdere”t, Gefen Aderet, sec. 5, no. 23; Rivevot Ephrayyim, O.H. IV, sec. 43, p. 81 and VIII, sec. 510, note to p. 367; Resp. Kinyan Torah beHalakha, V, sec. 80; R. Sha’ul Yisraeli and former Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, cited in Mikra’ei Kodesh—Hilkhot Purim, sec. 1, no. 19, note 45; R. Mordechai Eliyahu, Hilkhot Purim (Makhon Kol Eliyahu, Jerusalem,

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