A Moment with the Rebbe: When a student asked the Rebbe why women’s learning differs from men’s, the Rebbe clarified the specific role of Jewish women.
In the days preceding Rosh Hashanah 5713 (1952), the Rebbe received a group of university students for a joint yechidus in his room. After a few words on the significance of the time, the Rebbe allowed for questions.
One student asked, “Is Torah learning equal for girls as it is for boys? Does Lubavitch offer higher education in Torah for girls, such as Talmud studies?
The Rebbe responded, “No. Men are obligated to study Gemara, but not women.
“The reason for this is not because they are less capable, but because Hashem has entrusted them with a more important, loftier duty, and they are therefore absolved from learning Torah.
“That holy duty,” the Rebbe explained, “is to imbue a spirit of Yiddishkeit in the next generation. In order to allow them to do this, they are exempt from limud haTorah.”
(Teshurah Sandhaus, Shevat 5768)