Jewish Women: Step Aside For Men

-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger

In the Hasidic neighborhood of South Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York, persons unknown has been putting up signs in Yiddish that translate to: “Precious Jewish daughter, please move to the side when a man approaches.” City workers have removed the signs, not based on the message but because it’s illegal to affix signs on street trees.

It is apparently standard practice in Hasidic communities that women step aside when a man is approaching from the opposites direction. The signs are a crackdown on rebellious behavior by women.

Some have complained that their free speech rights are being taken away when the plastic signs were unbolted from the trees. I’m sure the ACLU is looking into the matter. Similar signs have been seen in other Hasidic strongholds in the New York area.

Control of women is a common aspect of orthodox Abrahamic religions. Without women to produce children, there will be no new generation to be indoctrinated in the sect’s orthodoxy, and the sect will disappear. If women are allowed to procreate with whomever they choose, the children will be lost to the influence of the sect.

From Numbers:

25:6 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

25:7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand;

25:8 And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.

God is so pleased by Phinehas’ act that “the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.” The Midianites are thought to have worshipped a multitude of gods, including Baal. Belief in God is preserved by killing non-believers and those who associate with them. The first Commandment is to believe in God and not to believe in other gods. It is the belief in God that is the primary goal, exactly what you’d need to maintain a religion. A  religion’s first priority is to preserve itself.

H/T: Pharyngula, NY Daily News, Photo Credit: Aaron Short.

40 thoughts on “Jewish Women: Step Aside For Men”

  1. Sooooo….he’s even cooler than I thought?
    probably not. He’s one of the 7 princes of hell, some say chief assistant to the big nasty… so he’s probably more toasty than cool….but he’s probably extraordinarily smart, estates in the east, can impart wisdom and is strongest in October….aka “lord of flies”.

    I love the organ music…and flying buttresses…and stuff….plus, potlucks are tasty!

  2. Woosty-

    Sooooo….he’s even cooler than I thought?

    I’ll stick with atheism. It’s free, and you don’t have to listen to nonsense and bad organ music and sit on a wooden pew. And no meat loaf in the church basement that’s been in the Nesco roaster too long. And no lime jello with little marshmallows in it. And no one gets molested.

  3. Control of women is a common aspect of orthodox Abrahamic religions.
    oh please.

    and Henman….Bael may be a cutie pie but the Bael you are referring to is a drooling demon….not a G*d. The whole idea of worshipping a Baelister is rather short sighted….he may be a fine date but worship material?????

    The Baal that gets G*d riled is the 1 that lets his Asherah do his thinking for him…..
    [Baal and Ashtaroth worship incorporated illegal sexual acts and the Asherah was nothing but a phallic symbol. ]

    As far as controlling women go….that is fallacial behavior born of fear or want. The G*d worth worshipping does not ‘control’ women…s/he loves them, they are part of the creation and a refletcion of an aspect of G*d….just like men……..some of those naughty demons though can *definitely* show you a good time… 😉

  4. i’m guessing they discovered bael about an hour after they discovered those pretty purple mushrooms growing in cow pies.

  5. I always thought that a religion’s first priority was to pass the collection plate.

    “Put those pennies away, Brother. Put something green in the tureen.”

  6. I remember running in skin tight lycra running pants and a tight tea shirt in an area of upper Manhattan populated by hassids when visiting a relative. A man in full hasid regalia, payes, yarmulka, fedora, etc., covered his eyes and ran away as if they had seen the devil herself. To hell with them. Why aren’t the women tearing down the signs?

  7. “With alleged Opus Dei members on the Supreme Court, are women’s rights at risk in general?” (rafflaw)

    Yes, they are.

  8. Mike Spindell,

    That is why I used “fundies” to refer to all three faiths.

    “A big wide brush gets paint all over everything.” – Dredd 😉

  9. Great job David. Whether it is the Catholics not allowing women to be priests, or the Muslim’s demanding women to be hidden behind veils or your latest example of this Jewish sect “requesting” that women step aside for men, the whole purpose of these religious concepts is to keep women down as second class citizens. The more fundamentalist you are, the more likely that women are not to be seen as superior to men. With alleged Opus Dei members on the Supreme Court, are women’s rights at risk in general?

  10. As a Jew don’t get me started. The cult in that area are.the Satmar and they are living proof thqt Jews aren’t smarter than anyone else. They are relatively small and extremely insular. They would not allow me to. worship at their Shuls. Think craziest Christian or Muslim fundamentalists and you
    Can understand the insanity of their ways.

  11. “Control of women is a common aspect of orthodox Abrahamic religions.”

    And there we see just how old and how difficult the struggle for female equality is.

  12. “Control of women is a common aspect of orthodox Abrahamic religions”

    The fundies of the Jewish faith, the fundies of the Christian faith, and the fundies of the Islamic faith have something in common?

  13. “A religion’s first priority is to preserve itself.”

    Then a persons first priority is to eschew religion to preserve themselves.

  14. Well written nal….and we complain about people doing this over seas…..we could never be a NIMBY populace….or could we….

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