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“As a human being I can grasp the psychological impulse that might lead a person of faith, especially one who feels embattled by the secular world, to try to impose his will on others. But as a secular feminist raised in a mixed-faith household, I was infuriated by those signs…”
These appeared in an op-ed on the opinion section of the Al Jazeera America website on Friday, but they weren’t addressing the murderous ISIS terrorists or the oppressive regimes in the Middle East.
On the target of the writer was non other than “ultra-Orthodox”…. Jews.
Seems like a major hurdle to world peace is frum men not wanting to sit alongside strange women on an airplane and tznius signs in Crown Heights.
The writer, Raina Lipsitz, says that “Last summer in Crown Heights, a racially and ethnically mixed neighborhood in Brooklyn, signs went up urging residents, guests and visitors to ‘Please dress modestly’ as ‘This is a Jewish neighborhood’.”
Her specific problem with that? “Besides being false — Crown Heights is home to Orthodox Jews, but the majority of its residents are non-Jewish blacks of West Indian and African-American descent — the signs struck me as hubristic.”
Islamic terrorists gunning down planes seems like a minor problem compared to a statistic that even she admits is “a relatively small number of flights” that have been disrupted due to a few men insisting on observing their faith.
To be clear, rabbis have clearly ruled in the past that such disturbances are a violations of G-d’s name (“chilul hashem”). Israel’s Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef said that praying in a minyan on an airplane is forbidden if it robs others passengers of their sleep or interferes with the duties of the flight crew.
Lipsitz goes on to say that “On large commercial airlines serving massive, diverse customer bases, there’s certainly no such thing as a Jewish flight (or a Muslim or a Catholic one, for that matter).”
Only, she forget to mention denounce the flight regulations of many Arab countries forbidding entrance on board of a passenger with Israel nationality – even from a place the writer called “a pluralistic nation such as the United States and a city as diverse as New York.”
The writer concludes the article by calling, “Airlines and other businesses that depend on women’s money should not tolerate it.”
Because tolerance ends when it comes to the Jews – the religious ones, specifically…
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