Religious Patriarchy: The Israeli Version

Just in case you think that public lashings and gender segregation are limited to the Saudis all you have to do is read the Israeli Newspapers and see what is going on in the original branch of the Abrahamic religions:

From the Jerusalem Post:

A singer who performed in front of a “mixed audience” of men and women was lashed 39 times to make him “repent,” after a ruling by a self-described rabbinic court on Wednesday.

Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak, founder of the Shofar organization aimed at bringing Jews “back to religion” (hazara betshuva), has made it his recent mission to fight against musical performances for both men and women.

His “judicial panel,” with Rabbi Ben Zion Mutsafi and another member, sentenced Erez Yechiel to 39 lashes in order to “rid him of his sins.”

In a video clip of the court posted on the Shofar Web site, Ben Zion said that those who make others sin (mahtiei rabim), such as artists who make men and women attend performances or dance together, have no place in the world to come.

He displayed a leather strip he said was made by his father from ass and bull skin, with which Yechiel was to have been whipped.

Yechiel, who said, “I accept upon myself the lashing for my sins,” was ordered to st

and by a wooden poll with his head facing north (“from whence the evil inclination comes”), his hands tied with a azure-colored rope (“a symbol of mercy”), and served his “sentence.”

You know, nothing drives a patriarchy crazy more than women, if you add women and music, they really go nuts.  Dancing, yes, they hate dancing as well.  But, mixing, men, women, music, singing and dancing, wow, that takes them over the top.

I add these stories as a counterpoint to every crazy “Imam” story that gets spread around the world.

The phenakistoscope – a couple waltzing

Image via Wikipedia



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3 responses to “Religious Patriarchy: The Israeli Version

  1. punterjoe

    More proof that no religion (or any large affinity group) has a monopoly on psychotic zealots. One can only hope that they are shunned by the mainstream as the toxic influence they are.

  2. Punter, exactly. The frustration is that we created a narrative that it’s only them, if it is “them” then we can demonize “them”

  3. There is a writer on OS that I REALLY think you’d want to read. He writes about this subject VERY well from the Muslin perspective.