My friend Yehudah Mirsky has written a column about one day in Jerusalem that I highly recommend reading. Any further comment would be superfluous.
“The sword without and terror within” (Deuteronomy 32:25)
Nobody who has lived in Jerusalem in recent years needs any educating about the sword from without. A week ago Thursday I discovered the terror within. It coils through Jerusalem’s streets, and us.
Usually I’m not one for rallies. I don’t like to shout, and waving placards isn’t me. But I went to the Shmuel Hanavi neighborhood on the outskirts of Mea She’arim for the counterdemonstration to a large haredi [ultra-Orthodox] demonstration on behalf of the inauguration of several sexually segregated public bus lines. Tzniut (modesty) is a noble and crucial idea, an ethical relation in which I recede in another’s presence and refrain from imposing myself and erasing his or her essential dignity. I have thought for some while that the relentless, in-your-face sexuality of Israeli society and the recent taking of the age-old ideal of tzniut to hitherto undreamed of extremes are two sides of the same coin.
And one of those extremes – sending women to the back of the bus – will be, I fear, just the beginning…
To respect the old-fashioned idea of copyright, I’ll let you read the rest on the Jerusalem Post site, where it originally appeared. Come back to SoJo to comment.