Q: I heard that according to Sephardim, women only have to daven (pray) once a day. Is this true? If so, what is the reason that they don't have to pray three times a day?
A: No, this is not true. Jewish law makes no distinction between men and women with respect to obligation in prayer. Both men and women must pray three times a day during the week, four times on Shabbat and five times on Yom Kippur. The minimum requirement for women is to recite the Birkhot Hashahar (morning blessings) and the silent Amidah prayer at Shaharit, Minha and Arvit on weekdays, as well as the Musaf Amidah on Shabbat and Holidays and the Neilah Amidah on Yom Kippur. This is the law as stated in the Mishnah, the Rambam and the Shulhan Arukh.