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Monday, November 26, 2012 

More on the kosher supervision course for women

The Jewish Press writes about a new learning course teaching kashrut supervision for women, something I'd spoken about earlier, and the opposition it faces from the rabbinate, which is pretty much dominated by Haredi management:
Israel's Chief Rabbinate is yet to give its formal approval to the initiative, but sources in the Rabbanut say they would consent to the training of female supervisors only after an organized set of rules is established to facilitate their integration into the field. But beneath the surface there are already ripples of resistance to the entire project. A source in the Rabbanut suggested that "there are fears that women's organizations are behind the idea, in order to undermine the halakhic establishment."
Is there something wrong with women's movements campaigning for this? Furthermore, I don't think they're inferring that leftist organizations are behind this, and I know of no decree in the Torah that women can't work at a job like that that ties in well with their specialties. As was mentioned before, Emunah will take this to court if need be.
Finally, the spokesmen for Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and for the Rabbinic Posek (halachic "decider"), said they did not object to the idea of women kashrut supervisors in principle, but were worried about issues of… modesty and chastity.

When all else fails…
They turn to silly excuses, and no doubt that's bound to irritate plenty of people.

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