Driving Miss Delilah: Leading Israeli Rabbi Bans Women From Driving

The chief rabbi in the city of Holon, Avraham Yosef, has issued a religious decree banning women from driving — again bringing extremists in both Islam and Judaism to a mutually agreeable position with regard to women’s rights.


Yosef insisted that, absent an emergency, women should not drive because it undermines modesty and chastity. Yosef is a Sephardi representative on the Chief Rabbinate Council (Moetzet Harabbanut Harashit).

It appears that another Rabbi, Shmuel Halevi, issued a similar ban saying that suggestive looking women were causing auto accidents.

New York city authorities yielded to demands from Hasidic religious leaders to remove bike lanes to discourage women from biking through their areas.

Previously, Yosef issued an order that Israeli judges and senior figures in the government could not join in a prayer quorum. Because they did not accept the supremacy of the Torah in disputes, he insisted that “[w]e must ignore their existence, as if they were just air.”

He further explained “The judge himself, even if he knows how to pray very well, even if he knows how to do everything excellently – from the moment he was appointed judge he made himself unworthy of joining a quorum . . .Even if he promises that all his rulings will be in keeping with the Shulchan Aruch, he has still lifted his hand against the Torah of Moshe Rabbeinu and is not worthy of joining anything holy.”

Source: Malaysian News and Reddit

Jonathan Turley

56 thoughts on “Driving Miss Delilah: Leading Israeli Rabbi Bans Women From Driving”

  1. Elaine M.
    1, January 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm
    rafflaw,

    I have already established a “No” Religion Religion. Blouise is one of my converts.

    Our “No” Religion Religion has:
    – NO dogma
    – NO sacred rites
    – NO sacraments
    – NO tithing requirements
    – NO buildings to maintain
    AND
    – NO male hierarchy.

    ============================================

    and …

    – NO hell

  2. Well, Ms. EM,

    You always get the last word, don’t you.

    (BTE I messed up my tursit, I meant to us caste instead of cast)

  3. FF Leo,

    Thanks for the song.

    Regardin’ yer little tercet:

    “But hittin’ a speed bump too fast
    Will put Ms. Daisy’s chaste in a cast.
    Her paramour will send these whilst they last”

    For safety’s sake, she could always put on her chastity belt.

  4. Ms. EM writ:

    “When a modest woman drives a car–it’s known as high-speed chaste.”
    ____________

    “Driving Miss Daisy” (Act II)

    But hittin’ a speed bump too fast
    Will put Ms. Daisy’s chaste in a cast.
    Her paramour will send these whilst they last

  5. rafflaw,

    I have already established a “No” Religion Religion. Blouise is one of my converts.

    Our “No” Religion Religion has:
    – NO dogma
    – NO sacred rites
    – NO sacraments
    – NO tithing requirements
    – NO buildings to maintain
    AND
    – NO male hierarchy.

  6. Gyges,

    I haven’t… I was hoping that I could find it online, but found this, instead. Atwood’s remarks are interesting:

    http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/12_combsm_handmaidstale/

    Atwood says back in 1984 she herself postulated the story could never come to pass, because it would require a series of extreme events. In her book it was the blowing up of the White House, Congress and the Statue of Liberty. Then came the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, and President Bush created the office of Homeland Security.

    “Once you get secrecy into a country on that order — once you make it possible to go through everybody’s records without them knowing and into their house without knowing, whisk them away without knowing — you’re right back into the star chamber and the Bastille and the Inquisition and Stalinist Russia, it’s too much of a temptation,” says Atwood. “There’s no controls, and it always comes in by people who say they’re doing it for your own good. It always is that way – they wouldn’t say they’re doing it for your own BAD,” Atwood chuckles.

    Atwood is now on tour promoting her latest novel, Oryx and Crake. It’s yet another cautionary tale, this time focusing on the possible results of scientists playing God with nature. Atwood says she’s not a pessimist, but a realist. She says she knows mankind well enough to know it’s capable of both great harm and great kindness. (end excerpt)

  7. Gyges,

    I never knew there was an operatic version of the book.

    BTW, we had a bagpiper play “Amazing Grace” as we exited the church after my daughter’s wedding. The piper did a beautiful job.

  8. Elaine and Anon.

    Have either of you watched the Opera version of “The Handmaiden’s Tale?” It’s got the best use of “Amazing Grace” I’ve ever seen.

  9. Buckeye,

    The day is still young. There’s plenty of time for more puns.

    One never knows when one of Professor Turley’s posts will lend itself to punning in the comments section. Hope springs eternal as far as I’m concerned.

  10. Mike S. hit the nail on the head. The extremists in every major religion seem to be going off the edge. I think women should be starting their own religion and in that religion require that Men cannot watch TV because it would unchaste! Talk about your Gig Bang Theories!

  11. Elaine,

    A good high-speed chaste is why we are all so glad you are back from the mountains.

    Truly, you should be proud of that one. 😉

  12. Elaine M.,

    “When a modest woman drives a car–it’s known as high-speed chaste.”

    Very, very, good!

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