I am never sure if this kind of item is really news. It is obvious that some Haredi rabbis are more stringent about issues relating to sexuality in the public domain. In general it is called "protecting your eyes and ears" from things that are consiered immodest. In an earlier item in this paper, there was report of the Haredi sect in Beti Shemesh objecting to otherwise modest dress that was "too snug" which some Haredi women wore that emphasized how they maintained thier figures "after all those years". For the record, it is considered immodest. You may disagree that a woman ought to be allowed to dress as she pleases in public, but rather than agreeing to disagree, you splash your venon on the pages of a newspaper. If, once upon a time in Boston there were people that were more conservative about dress in public, or what the the theater presented, or what a book that had contraversial content, it filled the papers and . . . was a reason to promote whatever it was outside of Boston. Seems that HaAretz is pulling the same shtick. The rabbis in Beitar 'Illit have the right of thier opinion, as everybody else has the right to thier opinion. Along as there are other options, and other places to express our feelings, this news item is just another attempt to trash Haredim.
- 10:41 PM
from the article: Haredi rabbis ban all-female Zumba classes