Dov Linzer, an Orthodox rabbi, is the dean of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.
Div Linzer Articles:
Ultra-Orthodox Jews and the Modesty Fight New York Times
The ultra-Orthodox men in Israel who are exerting control over women claim that they are honoring women. In effect they are saying: We do not treat women as sex objects as you in Western society do. Our women are about more than their bodies, and that is why their bodies must be fully covered.
In fact, though, their actions objectify and hyper-sexualize women. Think about it: By saying that all women must hide their bodies, they are saying that every woman is an object who can stir a man’s sexual thoughts. Thus, every woman who passes their field of vision is sized up on the basis of how much of her body is covered. She is not seen as a complete person, only as a potential inducement to sin.
Of course, once you judge a female human being only through a man’s sexualized imagination, you can turn even a modest 8-year-old girl into a seductress and a prostitute.
If you think it’s only in Saudi Arabia where men and women can’t mix, you’re wrong. Many Israelis also seek to segregate women from men in an Israel that increasingly turns against secularism and women’s rights.
The New York Times writes in’ Israelis Facing a Seismic Rift Over Role of Women’ that professor Channa Maayan confronted the reality of a new Israel when she was recently awarded a prize for her book on hereditary diseases common to Jews.
Beauty, Goodness & Self Worth As Female Expressions of God’s Love AOC 2Ps in a Pod | Anne & Bro Dennis
Quote from Anne:
How will this little girl in Israel ever look at herself in the mirror and see her own beauty, able to regard her body as God’s temple?”
One Israeli television program recently reported how an 8-year-old girl, the daughter of American immigrants who are observant modern Orthodox Jews, had become terrified of walking to school in the city of Beit Shemesh after ultra-Orthodox men spit on her, insulted her and called her a prostitute because her modest dress did not conform exactly to their more rigorous dress code.
Tensions were further fueled by the arrest of an ultra-Orthodox man here last week on a charge of sexual harassment after he verbally abused a female Israeli soldier who had refused to move to the back of a public bus. An organizer of Saturday’s protest in the ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood told Israeli television that the actions of the authorities were like a “spiritual holocaust.” via New York Times
How can women love ourselves, when we are called prostitutes in every country in the world — just because we are women? How do I believe that God sees my female beauty and integrity?