To the Editor:[...] Looking at the roster of B’nai B’rith International’s directors, which includes only one woman, as well as at this recent event, we ask, When B’nai B’rith International spun off its women’s division, did it spin off women as a whole? Sadly, the answer appears to be “Yes.”Sincerely,Susan W. Turnbull, Chair, Board of TrusteesLori Weinstein, Executive Director
Rabbi Herzl Hefter:
In my mind, two things need to happen, one political and the other educational.
We need to rethink and redefine the marriage of religion and state in Israel in a manner which preserves the Jewish character of the state while eliminating the morally numbing influence of political power on religious groups.
Political power and fervent religious obscurantism are the father and mother of the noxious fruit which we must all now ingest.
"I think that Israeli democracy, under its current structure, is in constant conflict with its Jewish identity, and in recent years, every time it bends its Jewish identity backwards. This structure of democracy has only one mission: to dismantle," he told Haaretz.
“I have not found any reference at all to Rabbi Ravad’s claims regarding any changes to the terms of the Shahar program,” Plesner said.
“Experience shows us that haredim who enlist in the Shahar program are still haredi when they leave the program, and this controversy which Rabbi Ravad has instigated is unnecessary.”
Of course, it isn’t.
The decision was made after numerous women complained that burial staff had prevented them from eulogizing at funerals of loved ones.