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Thursday, July 07, 2022 

Judaists should not be policing how women run their lives

A professor named Uri Lebel's pointing out a problem that all who truly uphold Judaism should consider:
Don't worry – such a conversation will never happen on any podcast and neither on any campaign for religious strengthening. Ninety-nine percent of the Jewish craze about getting closer to, and friendlier with, Judaism (as well as Christianity and Islam), involves policing women. Men are always on the outside of this discussion. It is always okay to discuss women in the public realm, as if they were a white whale in National Geographic documentaries: display them in public, clarify what is good for them, what is appropriate for them, what they should do, what they shouldn't do, and which lifestyles they should adopt, and mainly which not – in dress, in studies, in the army, and now – even in sexuality.

No, this is not an Israeli invention. In France as well, while dealing with the legislation to prohibit women's face coverings in public places that is infuriating the Muslims, there is a plethora of video clips with religious women explaining how the burqa "releases me" and "enables me to be what I am and who I am," and that "the moment I am in it – I am finally me."

A Muslim media influencer in Great Britain, formerly a biology researcher, made matters clear in a video clip that went viral: "From the moment I decided to devote myself only to motherhood and religion – I experienced the ultimate autonomy." And there are endless examples.

Is it coincidental that we have not heard even one senior (or junior) politician making a statement that one's friendship with Judaism should be upheld in more profound and primeval ways? That they don't demand reduction and superficiality; normalizing the public debate on women's lifestyles? It seems not.
There's a very valid point being made here. The Judaist religion has long been embarrassed by such petty issues as how women should lead their lives, certainly when it's ultra-Orthodox doing it. And it's got to stop, because it takes away attention from far more vital matters. If there's anybody who should be arguing against this in the next election, it's right-wingers, if they really want to prove conservatism is worth supporting for women.

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