Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Back to the Kitchen, Devra - God made a mistake appointing you judge of Israel.

The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition

Rabbi Ovadia: 'Women should stick to cooking, sewing'
aaron magid, THE JERUSALEM POST Jul. 30, 2007

"Women should make hamin and not deal with matters of Torah," the spiritual leader of Shas, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, said in a speech to supporters on Saturday night.

Yosef made the statement in the context of a major Halachic campaign he is currently engaged in as to when women should recite the blessing over the Shabbat candles.

Many prominent Ashkenazi rabbis, along with a few Sephardic sources, have ruled that women should say the blessing after lighting the candles. However, according to Yosef, the blessings should be said before the candles have been kindled, similar to other blessings.

Yosef blasted the opposing view, saying it was based on the opinion of "a few stupid women. A woman's knowledge is only in sewing," he ridiculed. "Women should find other jobs and make hamin (cholent) but not deal with matters of Torah."

In addition, he admonished women for following in the steps of their mothers in the order of the recitation of the blessing instead of adhering to his opinion.

"It has to be announced that women should not listen to the voice of their mothers or grandmothers not to continue with this mistake," he warned.

A Shas source explained Yosef's statement by claiming he was "speaking in the language of his audience. He intended to say that it is proper for women to do what they are supposed to be doing and not try to prove something or make an impression," the Shas source said.

Labor MK Colette Avital denounced Yosef's comments saying they "show contempt and lower the value of women. In our tradition, there exist many examples of prophetesses who contributed to the continuity of the Jewish nation."

"The statements of Rabbi Ovadia that are meant to leave women in a state of ignorance, endanger the continued existence of the Jewish nation and therefore I condemn his words," she added.

Liora Minka, head of Emunah, an organization that promotes women's Torah study, also strongly disagreed with Yosef.

"Torah learning for women is very important," she said. "It is only a natural development, even in the ultra-orthodox community, that women will be integrated in Torah study."

This article can also be read at http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1185789791242


Just in case you had forgotten that orthodox Judaism is a backward and barbaric cult of white ethnic men's power and authority, I just wanted to remind you that if you're not a native-born Jewish white man then you're barely human, much less enlightened. Converts, baal-teshuvei (ben-niddah), non-whites and women of any flavor are simply too inferior, too sub-human, too low class to have an opinion on anything, much less an authoritative one.

So clearly Elohim was suffering from some sort of mental block when He appointed Devra as a judge of Israel. He was temporarily insane - that's the only explanation. Because clearly, women are too stupid to have an opinion on anything but cooking and sewing - if that. I'm sure there's a booklet somewhere that says, "use x type of stitch when sewing on buttons, because any other stitch used to sew buttons is evil, but be sure and ask your local rabbi for a final opinion."

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