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haMezeg, no. 22; Mo’adim uZmanim, II, sec. 167; Resp. Yabia Omer and Kinyan Torah beHalakha, supra, note 110; Mo’adei Yeshurun, Laws of Purim 1:3, note 9 in the name of R. Moses Feinstein; Nitei Gavriel—Dinei uMinhagei Purim, sec. 4, no. 10 and note 14; Orah Yisrael, sec. 2, end of no. 8, note 36; R. Mordechai Eliyahu in Shabbat beShabbato, VIII, no. 24 (380), 8 Adar II 5792 (March 13, 1992), Meishiv keHalakha, Shulhan Arukh ha-meKutsar, supra, note 110; R. Mordechai Eliyahu, Kol Tsofayikh, Parashat Zakhor 5765, sheet no. 304; Rigshei Lev, Chap. 7, parag. 27, note 50; R. Yeshayahu Shapira, Tseida laDerekh, (Jerusalem: Machon  Zomet, 2001), Chap. 82, sec. G3, p. 227.. See also Resp. Rivevot Ephrayyim O.H. IV, sec. 43 and VIII, secs. 92 and 510. R. Aharon Lichtenstein (conversation with Dov I. Frimer) has also ruled that women can fulfill their Parshat Zakhor obligation, even if biblical in nature, by reading the requisite portion from a printed Humash in private. R. Asher Wiess (conversation with Dov I. Frimer, March 8, 2007) indicates that women in the past were not careful about hearing Parashat Zakhor; if they can’t make it to shul for the reading, they can do so at home from a printed Pentateuch.

114.Resp. Yabia Omer, VIII, addendum to O.H. sec. 54, reports to seeing this custom in Har Nof, Jerusalem; Purim Meshulash, sec. 2, no. 8, note 20, records that this is the custom in Bnei Brak; Resp. Minhat Yitshak, supra, note 110, lists “Ashkenaz” and many other communities. We have also witnessed this practice in the United States - in Boston, Boro Park (Brooklyn), Cleveland, and Washington Heights (Manhattan), as well as in Israel - in Rehovot and Ma’ale Adumim. R. Aharon Felder, LeTorah veHora’a: Memorial Volume to R. Moses Feinstein (5749), p. 216, cites “one of the greatest rabbis” to the effect that this custom is by no means new and has been in practice for many generations. In a subsequent conversation with Aryeh A. Frimer, Jan. 6, 1991, R. Felder identified the great rabbi as R. Shimon Schwab. R. Moses Stern, cited by R. Dovid Katz, R. Dovid Katz, “A Guide to Practical Halakha—Chanuka and Purim” (New York: Traditional Press, 1979), VIII, Laws of Purim, sec. 1, no. 22, page 84, and by R. Joel Schwartz, Adar uFurim , sec. 3, no. 3 (1), Yalkut Yosef II, Keriat haTorah beAsara, sec. 5 and note 7, and R. Isaac Goldberger (responsum printed at the end of Nitei Gavriel—Hilkhot Purim [5744 edition]) also permit such a practice. R. Isaac Yosef, Yalkut Yosef, O.H. sec. 143, no. 5 and Kitsur Shulhan Arukh Yalkut Yosef, O.H. sec. 143, no. 6, permits the practice only if women find it near impossible to attend the regular keri’a of Parshat Zakhor.

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