Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Slow Death of Progressive Judaism

Barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. June Cleaver.  I suppose you thought those limiting roles for women were passe, both in the general Gaea population and within Judaism.  Guess again.

Rabbi Tzvi Tau, considered in Israel to be a leader within the Ultra-Orthodox/National Zionist community, recently wrote a vile internal pamphlet, whose contents have leaked their way to the Israeli public.  Despite the fact that Rabbi Tau bucks the Ultra-Orthodox trend and opposes refusal to follow orders in the Israeli army, he is unfortunately less kind and quite backward when it comes to the role of the woman in modern Jewish society.

According to his treatise (translated by Haaretz), "women are not meant to occupy themselves with the depths of science and morals, but rather with carrying, giving birth to, feeding and raising children."  Tau continues, claiming that "the worldwide trend of allowing women equal education, and striving for equality, can only guarantee short term profits.  In the long run this trend will harm the quality of life of the nation and society."

I bet you didn't know that "children born to couples including women who devote themselves to their career will be weak and flaccid...Home is the natural habitat for women, without the bustle [of social activity].  At home is where a woman can fully live her life."

(I don't even want to imagine what Rabbi Tau would say about the children of a single mother by choice who works, the horrors!)

Alrightythen, I am packing up my modern life and going back to the caves.  Good thing I have long hair, so I can be dragged around by the menfolk...


Ariela said...

can you add a link to the original article in Hebrew or in English please (both is best).

Philo said...

I found it: http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/leading-israeli-religious-zionist-rabbi-a-woman-s-place-is-in-the-home-1.454794

Amy Charles said...

It's too bad these guys can't see how their attitudes endanger the State of Israel. Apart from being financial leeches, nothing kills sympathy in the West faster than the idea that we're supporting fanatical cavemen who can't respect international law. Because God told them.

At this rate I'll be surprised if the state exists when my daughter's a grandmother.