With the ‘credentials’ of a father who has spoken at many an Agudah convention and a Bais Yaacov diploma of my own, I was still shocked to find out – only last year – that Chasidic women in New Square and Williamsburg aren’t allowed to drive. Where on earth is this craziness coming from? Didn’t the matriarch Rivka ride her own camel??? (but then again, she wore nose rings, so I guess she could hardly be a good role model).
I once was comparing frum people to the Taliban, and a friend of mine protested that frum people weren’t nearly as extreme in their actions. “They would be if they could be!” I retorted. Learning about this driving ban, coupled with incidents like the burning of a man in New Square makes me sadly wonder if I was more accurate than even I imagined. If this is what happens with a little power and a few square miles, what kind of world would they create if they controlled a country half the size of Afghanistan? (Given current population trends in the state of Israel, I guess we might just find out….)
Women in Saudi Arabia have been bravely protesting their driving ban. I wonder if we’ll ever see widespread protest by Chasidic/Charedi women of their conditions. What will it take (if anything) to goad rebellion on a larger scale than the brave few who pull themselves away?Printable Version