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Court: No sex segregation in Mea Shearim
Aviad Glickman
Published: 17.10.11, 08:31
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1. Fighting for women rights in Mea Shearim is like fighting
tom ,   tel aviv   (10.17.11)
for Arab democracy in any muslim country: futile and pointless. We need a think-tank to deal with this fast spreading, world-wide phenomenon of religious intoxication. Otherwise theis globe ends up in black....
2. No Right - Go Away
Akiva ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (10.17.11)
Guess what, the court can't simply rule by fiat! We open our neighborhood for a festival - our private and privately funded celebration, where we are happy for EVERY Jew to join us in celebration of the Torah. But it's our neighborhood and we have a few simple rules if you're going to join us. If you don't like the rules, fine, don't come. If you think you're going to sit like a priestess on a pedestal and tell us how to run it...fine, we'll just close the doors to the yeshiva's and synagogue's (where it's all held) and you can just go away. NOTE - WE gain NOTHING from you being there. WE'RE giving away FREE FOOD, FREE DRINK, providing LIVE MUSIC. No donations are taken, no payment expected. We're sharing our joy out of our kindness to our fellow Jew. Would you force us to close our doors to you? (And then turn around and scream about our closed doors?) Apparently so.
3. This is a "davar chadash" that zealots have made up
Babishka ,   USA/Mea Shearim   (10.17.11)
When I lived in Mea Shearim 40 years ago, this kind of shenanigans was unheard of. Generally during public celebrations men and women separated voluntarily, but there was some mingling and no one paid any attention to it! If you look at old pictures of the Haredi communities from 40-50 years ago, you will see a shocking thing: men and women in public together! No one pushing and shoving the ladies out of the way! Everyone respectful to each other!
4. There's a small minority enforcing its will on everyone.
Roman ,   Lod, Israel   (10.17.11)
But here's the thing - while I don't doubt that the vast majority of Me'a She'arim residents would much prefer the zealots would stop with their shenanigans, they also don't hold much stock with state institutions. I wish the police would just work together with the Rabbis there to make some sense of it all - they're generally far more moderate than some of the people supposedly representing them in the streets.
5. All Israeli women are oppressed as well as the natives
Josh   (10.17.11)
The sexism ageism and racism of the people and the silent true leaders of the people is setting new lows for Israel.
6. Banish them to Gaza
Dr. Guy ,   Washington, DC, USA   (10.17.11)
Anyone convicted of enforcing this abominable and illegal gender separation should be banished to Gaza. Let them live amongst similarly-minded nutjobs.
7. #2 Then you can stay inside
Intedi Nensak ,   Stockholm, Sweden   (10.17.11)
YOUR neighbourhood? Is the street your private property? I very much doubt that. It belongs to anyone holding israeli citizenship. You do not have the right to make up your own laws restricting access to it. Build a private town if you want that privilege. To afford that though you'd require something that no one in Mea Shearim has - a job.
8. blown out of proportion
Larry ,   Los Angeles   (10.17.11)
I walk through Mea Sharim frequently. I have never seen any discrimination except for a few posted signs that ask people to respect the feelings of the residents, which I feel is warranted. I think the lefties need some one to be their enemy so that they can look as if they are achieving some lost equality. But this is really blown out of all proportion.
9. At least the Supreme Court is good for something.
Vlad   (10.17.11)
10. @ 7
meah shaearim   (10.17.11)
what are you doing in a Jewish newspaper? keep your nose in sweden!
11. to dr. gay 6
you can be banished to salma and her nation!
12. @ 3 babishka
you are a fake! you made a fool out of yourself! get a life!
13. # 3 is modern othrodox
to liar# 3   (10.18.11)
davar chadash is not used in meah sheurim!
14. #2 - you get this from OUR money!
John ,   Europe   (10.18.11)
On every blackcapper who does nothing and davens all day come 2 people who devote part of their paycheck to him! So NO, this is NOT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD and it you CERTAINLY DO NOT GIVE ANYTHING FOR FREE!
15. to john
proud jew   (10.18.11)
are you jewish?
16. to number 14
Jewish pride   (10.18.11)
Europeans like you are usually antisemitic I must say.
18. There are Jews in Europe, too....
Also a proud Jew ,   Brooklyn   (10.23.11)
Not agreeing with gender segregation on a public street does not mean that one is anti-Semitic. There are also (thank G-d) still Jews in Europe, so if a comment is made by a European, it was not necessarily made by a non-Jew. Public streets are subject to public law. The hurling of concrete blocks at police is not legal. If you are in doubt, ask your rabbi if it's an appropriate action. Most rabbis would probably condemn such behavior.
19. 2012
Deborah Politi ,   jerusalem Israel   (01.21.12)
Israel is living the future. Israel is in the 2012 perfectly !!!!!! do not inter fear with medieval issues, please!!! Religious women if wanna keep been religious but with their rights, they have to fight for their rights. Come on ..... nobody has the time to fight for them. ewish religiuos women, you are at the same level of muslem women. open your eyes and do something.
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