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Friday, August 26, 2016 

Satmar don't want women to be educated

The Satmar have desecrated the Torah yet again:
The leaders of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group – the Satmar sect – have just issued a decree from their base in New York. It calls for a ban on women entering university, with rabbis arguing that it is “dangerous” for them to do so, and “against the Torah”.
It's also insulting to God to belittle the Almighty's creations. And, as noted in the article, nothing new for the Satmar either:
Ultra-Orthodox rabbis have in the past condemned education for women. Rabbi Aviezer Peletz previously spoke at a conference for high school principals in Bnei Brak, Israel, and argued that higher education for women is more damaging to the ultra-Orthodox community than the Holocaust.

There are other rules and practices in the Satmar sect which have raised issues in terms of the treatment of women. One example is head shaving, which a Satmar woman describes as “forced”, involving “threats” and “intimidation” in order to maintain it in the community. Another ultra-Orthodox group, the Belz sect, has a community in the UK, and last year issued a ban on women driving.

As we can see, the Satmar sect makes rules for women that are not seen in other branches and denominations of Judaism – either Orthodox or Reform – since it adopts a stricter interpretation of the Torah. The sect is well-respected in the Jewish community at large, but because of the conflicts it has with more modern, secular values, it is unlikely that this decree will be welcomed, in any measure, by the majority of Jews worldwide.
I would just disagree with the part about interpretation, since it's not even speaking for Judaism at all. What they're doing is digging deeper and deeper holes, making utter idiots of themselves, and desecrating the Torah and everything Judaism's all about. And all for the sake of their narrow viewpoint on life.

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