Response from Ha-Rav Aharon Ziegler

In one of the Text Message Responsa, Rav Aviner was asked: Is it preferable for a woman to daven in shul or at home? And he answered: It is a personal decision.

We received the following responsa from Ha-Rav Aharon Ziegler (author of "Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik" vol. 1, 2, 3 and 4): “My learning with Rav Yosef B. Soloveitchik taught me that women who daven (pray Shemoneh Esrei) in the Ezrat Nashim (Women's Section) of a shul where there is a minyan of ten men are part of the "Tefila Betzibur" (communal prayer). So why shouldn't women strive to be part of that?”

Rav Aviner's reponse: It is a "ma'ala" (spiritual benefit) for a woman to daven in a shul where there is a minyan, but it is not an obligation. Therefore, it is a personal choice for a woman - based on all sorts of factors - whether she wants the "ma'ala" or not.