“To a large extent, nonreligious politicians have handed over religious issues to fundamentalists to acquire ‘yes’ votes on other issues,” he said. “As a result, a small minority are controlling Jewish life in this country.”
“No. The Gemara talks only a loss of concentration while reciting the Shema. If women are singing when you are in the middle of reciting the Shema, it will hinder your intent. That’s it. No more. A rabbi in Israel saying that it’s better to die than to hear a woman singing is crazy.”
“I am happy for them that they have come to an arrangement, but this should be just the beginning,” Rabbi Hartman said. “We have to advance much further. What is this? Is the Torah private property? It’s terrible. Judaism and marriage ceremonies are not private property."