In case you were so busy with the holidays that you missed seeing some of the news about what’s been happening in Israel, here’s a quick overview.
Thanks to a brave 8 year old girl, violence committed by Hareidim (ultra-Orthodox Jews) in Israel is getting the negative attention it deserves. Here’s a video with that young girl and her mom – with English subtitles – that is worth watching – though quite disturbing.
Violence committed by ultra-Orthodox Jews against innocent people is nothing new. Neither is treating women as second class citizens, which also got some attention this week thanks to Israel’s “Rosa Parks.”
But what is new is that there seem to be increasing attention and energy around these issues now. And that’s a good thing. This violence and any unequal treatment of women must be addressed immediately by Israel’s authorities. Violence is wrong. Period. To those Orthodox men who claim they are doing what God wants by mistreating women and children, I say you are wrong. Very very wrong. Make no excuses – because you are simply wrong. And you should stop defending acts of evil through what you say is Judaism. Because, like I said, you are wrong.