Dear Prime Minister,
[ … ] In our opinion, in order to realize the principles of equality, dignity and freedom of religion and worship on the one hand, while allowing those interested in segregated prayers at the Wall on the other hand, a Third Section should be established at the Western Wall, alongside the existing women’s section and men’s section.
The Third Section will be a mixed section in which women will be permitted to pray while wearing a Tallit and to read from the Torah. Mixed Bar Mitzvah ceremonies will be permitted in this section, and girls will be allowed to hold Bat Mitzvah celebrations in which they read from the Torah.
The examination of insects in vegetables, adhering to the laws of milk and meat – are any of these beyond the comprehension of women? Of course not.
Is there is an halachic prohibition on a woman working in a dining room or a kitchen? Is it so outlandish an idea that a woman would walk into the kitchen of a restaurant, a hospital, a banquet hall or a nursing home, open refrigerator doors and track the processing of raw materials and mixtures? These are rhetorical questions the answers to which are clear,” says Minka.
With a 57% growth in Haredi elementary school enrollment between 2000 and 2010, the failure of Haredi education to produce productive workers for the Israeli economy should worry anyone who cares about Israel’s future, Ben-David says.
But now he seeks to publicize these same messages in the ultra-Orthodox media, in an attempt to snatch voters from Shas and United Torah Judaism.
Likewise, when the 300-strong Grodno yeshivah relocated from Ashdod to Bet Shemesh last week due to the war in the South … Well, if that's the case, why didn't they stay in Ashdod?
Secular Zionism is going through a period of soul-searching and is having a difficult time preserving [its] ideology. Having religious observance behind it gives Zionist ideology strength and direction.”
Having spent two years in prison and another 10 as a private businessman, the 59-year-old [sic] grandfather still has an apparent appetite for power.
But his instincts for what makes the electorate tick seem to have dulled somewhat.
We have the chance to create a truly democratic Israel, but with voices like Rabbi Aviner's rising loudly from institutions of rabbinic authority, equality is at risk.
“The Jewish spark was never quenched, and these Anusim are really fulfilling the dreams of their ancestors in that they are taking back the Jewish identity that was so brutally stolen from their forefathers.”
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