QUESTION: Which of the following Mitzvos from the Torah do not apply to women, i.e., from which of these are women exempt?
a. U'Vo Sidbak--staying close to Talmidei Chachomim
b. Mipnei Seiva Takum--standing when a wise person or a person over the age of 70 enters a room
c. Shalosh Seudos, including the third Shabbos meal
d. Giving Tzedaka
e. Fearing the Mikdash (which may also apply to Batei Kneisios--shuls--on a M'Doraysa level)
f. Paying workers on time
g. Returning lost objects
ANSWER: According to the Chofetz Chaim in the Sefer HaMitzvos HaKatzar, based on the Sefer HaChinuch, women are obligated in all of the above, just as men.
QUESTION: Whom is a man required to honor more, his best friend or his wife?
ANSWER: The Mishne in Avos (4:15) teaches that you should treat the honor of your friend in the same way **as your Rav's** honor. The Gemara in Bava Metzia (59A) teaches that you must always be careful to honor your wife because she brings brocha into the house. So you are required to greatly honor both--for very different reasons. This is not intended as a 'politically-correct' response, but as a real reminder of the enormous respect we owe to those who are so close to us.
Reprinted with permission from Hakhel MIS