Apr 25, 2012

Haredim Censuring Yom Yerushalayim Event

This news piece seems a bit backwards, and I'd like to see someone try and call their bluff, just to see what happens.

In a committee meeting in the City of Jerusalem this week, the planning committee decided to invite Yardena Arazi to perform at the upcoming Yom Yerushalayim ceremony of the giving out of the Valuable Of Jerusalem Award. At the meeting, the haredi members protested the event and opposed the decision to invite Arazi to perform.

Nothing unexpected so far, right? They are upset that at an official ceremony, in which haredim will obviously be present, a woman is being invited to sing.

Wrong. It is more interesting than that.

It turns out that the reason the haredi councilmen oppose the event and object to the invitation to Arazi is because they are accusing the City Hall of discriminating against haredim, as their is a lack of proportion of Haredim being awarded the honor relative to their size in the local population.

Those on the opposite end of the political spectrum in Jerusalem are accusing the haredim of being sneaky,, as their intention is really to oppose her for being a female singer, and just using this as an excuse. the haredim deny it and say it is not possible that they were unable to locate a few haredim deserving of the award for doing positive things for the city.

The vote on the matter was tied, and the discussion will continue at the next meeting. (source: Mynet)

As I said above, I would like to see the councilmen and Nir Barkat find a bunch of haredi recipients of the award and add them to the ceremony and watch them accept but unable to ask Arazi to step down because they already said they have no problem with her performing.

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  1. I don't follow. Why do you want that? This is a very straightforward halachik issue. Kol Isha. This isn't a philosophical discussion or a chumra. Listening to a solo live woman singing general songs is assur for men, regardless if they are chareidim or not.

  2. http://thepartialview.blogspot.com/2012/04/countering-imbalance-of-frum-blogs.html

  3. anonymous - you obviously missed my sarcasm. They couldd have said, understandably, many haredim will be part of the event, please invite a male singer, we dont want to listen to a female. They might have gotten some bad press, but the request would have been understandable. Instead they tried to be cunning, and say they have no problem with the female singer but want more haredi honorees.

  4. Raf, I'd like to see them call their bluff as well. But neither claim makes any sense - how many charedim are going to attend a Yom Yerushalayim ceremony anyway?


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