The exclusion of women in Israel takes it a step further. According to this report a restaurant in the heart of Rehavia, must not allow female waitresses to work on Thursday evenings, or else they will lose their Badatz Agudat Israel Hechsher. The reason: many men go out to eat at the restaurant on Thursday nights, and it is inappropriate for female waitresses to serve them.
This situation is out of control. I don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I feel frustrated and angry. What will be next? What restaurant is going to lose their specific *hashgacha on their *hechsher, for employing female waitresses?
We just celebrated the holiday of Purim, where Queen Esther saved the Jews of Persia from death. A woman saved the Jews of Persia! Women have had a large role in Jewish history, and always will.
As a woman, I feel that I have the obligation to do everything in my power to stop anyone who attempts to silence us. We must not allow anyone to hide us, or humiliate us.
I saw this photo Purim, which I actually found to be sad. This is the reality we are living in right now, and it has turned into a joke. Not a funny joke. The costume is of a bus that says men in the front, women in the back.
The exclusion of Women in Israel has got to stop. My question is- how will we stop it?
*Hashgacha- Religious dietary law supervision
*Hechsher- religious dietary laws