Sunday, January 15, 2012

The eclipse of women

In today's NYT, Ethan Bronner and Isabel Kershner write about the growing rift between the ultra-orthodox Haredim and the rest of Israeli society. While the current tensions are ignited by the mutual pressure of ultra-religious and secular Israelis over the "eclipse of women" from public view and the growing trend to enforce gender separation in areas hitherto thoroughly governed by secular principles (public buses, government functions), the tensions run deeper in a country of seven million where the ultra-orthodox, currently a population of one million, are the fastest growing segment of society, a poor community where sixty percent of men are intentionally unemployed, or--as they view themselves--employed in the service of life-long Torah-study.
See Bronner and Kershner's article HERE.

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