Dear Sir: You have obviously spent more time reading the papers than researching the different shades and expressions of orthodox Judaism. There are vibrant institutions for women all over the world today and orthodox women in Israel are at the forefront of this change. It doesn't make good press, because as long as people can hold onto their stereotypes about orthodoxy, they don't have to reexamine their own Jewishly uneducated views. There are a lot of terrible things going on today in the name of religion that need to be seriously addressed. Women like Oshra Koren are smart, committed, and were working seriously around the clock on behalf of an enlightened orthodox Judaism, one that already exists in our sources, long before spitting at little children and segregating women at the back of the bus by some Jews were fashionable. The problems in certain orthodox sectors in Israel today are as much issues of sociological, political, and law enforcement as they are religious. If the secular authorities would stop ignoring the criminal behavior of some hareidim and treating it as some internal religious matter that they can ignore, then the streets and busses and schools would be safer for everyone. If the secular would stop paying taxes into a system that encourages a large segment of the population not to work or serve in the army (instead of trying to force the religious out of the army over religious issues), then the majority of the ultra religious could eventually be integrated into society in their own way. But I am not sure that the secular really WANT them integrated into society. It's much easier to enable them, keep them in their ghettos and hate them while feeling a sense of righteous indignation, if not down right hatred. Religious biggotry and hatred does not just emanate from the hareidim. Israelis are still trying to figure out what true democracy and inclusion is.
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