Sep 21, 2010
Mea Shearim will be open to the public
There have been rumors about women being banned from mea Shearim this sukkos holiday. The idea is to avoid what they consider a horrible breech of tzniyus as the crowds of people come to watch and participate in the local simchas beis hashoevas in the various yerushalmi and hassidic courts such as Toldos Aharon, Toldos Avraham Yiztchak, Karlin Stolin, Breslav and others. The crowds get so big that it inevitably includes women who are dressed not to the standards of the locals, along with the crowds walking through the streets, men and women together along with groups of women and seminary girls, itself being a tzniyus issue.
So there were earlier announcements that Mea Shearim would be closed to the public.
In a meeting last night between various groups, including reps from the Eida, some sort of committee of purity of the camp, police, neighborhood groups and others, it was announced that all previous announcements of the neighborhood being closed to the public are all false and the neighborhood will be open as usual.
My only uncertainty is that the original announcements were made in the various haredi media, while this one canceling those has not yet been seen in the Haredi websites and is only running (as of right now) in the Dati Leumi website, Srugim. very strange and makes me wonder which announcement has more authority.
UPDATE: I now see a follow up on this (about the police paying for the new announcements) on Bechadrei