Perhaps with the advent of Feminism, or the notion that women had to be represented "as such" in the Jewish body politic, we talk about the rights of women in Jewish life, but it wasn't so long ago, say up the 50's and early 60's that there was a generarion of Jews where social gatherings were "separated", the men sat together, the women among themselves, and the young people, of both sexes in another place. No one seems to regard this as inequality, but the natural way of things. Men had ther interests, women theirs, and young people grew into thier roles as . . . in the community. It wasn't Haredi, it was the way East-Central Jewry organized themselves. No rabbi told them what to do. That there are ultra-Secularists that are so hateful, they put a label on anything they regard as Traditional ass something negative, and therr opinion leaders preach from their bully pulipis to the point we have accepted their postiions as "the truth" is the sad fact of this generation. Frankly a little tolerance, and knowledde about the past,and a respect for those for whom Jewish Traditions are important is in order, and might make out lives in our Jewish communities saner.
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from the article: Streisand, on tour of Israel, slams ultra-Orthodox treatment of women