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Tuesday, November 12, 2013 

Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak is the latest embarrassment to Judaism

This Haredi rabbi, who may have condemned smartphones recently, now says that women shouldn't drive:
Female drivers are “immodest” and woman should therefore not get behind the the wheel of a car, according to one Israeli rabbi.
How so? Hardly anybody can see much of drivers when they're seated behind the wheel and chugging along. The following raises serious questions too:
Amnon Yitzhak, renowned for convincing hordes of secular Israelis to embrace religious observance – by warning them, among other methods, of the grisly fate that awaits them in hell should they persist in their errant ways — explained that women should not operate the horseless carriage because in the past only men drove horse-drawn vehicles, Walla reported (Hebrew) on Tuesday.
Just what are those "errant" ways and why would anybody burn in hell for that? It all depends on what their offense was. And women did drive carriages and carts before, possibly all the way back to remote times, so I don't see what his problem is anyway. If I'd been bombarded with his way of thinking, I'd probably remain totally secular due to the alienating nonsense he's spewing. The notion he'd managed to convince the masses is disputable.
Yitzhak made the assertion during a lecture last week — the report didn’t say where it took place — citing various rabbis who had all ruled, he said, that a driver’s seat was for men only. The stance is an outlandish one as the vast majority of Orthodox rabbis agree that Jewish law permits women to drive.

But “none of the wisest rabbis allow women drivers,” Yitzhak said, in Saudi-Arabian fashion. “After all, what is a car? It is a replacement for the carriage. There were never any female carriage drivers.”
Sounds like he doesn't appreciate Armand Peugeot's inventions. But most shocking is the Islamist tone he's taking. And who is he to speak of wisest of the rabbis? He's not one of them, that's for sure.
Asked by a female member of the audience if women were nevertheless permitted to drive for a good cause, Yitzhak responded in the negative, comparing the scenario to someone who steals in order to give to charity.
I guess in his twisted mind that means that, if a woman is pregnant and needs to drive herself, she shouldn't. Nor should she drive a sick relative to the hospital even if they were in danger of death. Such a lack of respect for human life is what this is. He should be defrocked as a religious representative, but I doubt it'll ever happen, even though it should.

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