Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Charedi women and driving

In America there is nothing to talk about. Except for Satmar just about all Charedi women drive. However, in Israel, most Charedi women don't drive and there is a certain stigma associated with driving. There is an interesting article on Ynet today discussing this חרדית, מי נתן לך רישיון? which is worth reading.

A few days ago in shul I happened to see a new sefer regarding chinuch of girls,האתגר והשליחות לבת מלכות חלק שני (printed this year in ירושלים). There was a whole section about women and driving and how it is assur. In short, driving is not צנוע. There was a whole list of "issues", including that when stopped at a redlight the driver needs to make eye contact with other drivers and pedestrians which of course in not צנוע. In addition, to drive you need to take lessons, get gas, service the car, call a tow truck if stuck, etc. The people who work in these occupations are generally "low lifes" according to the author of the sefer and not the kind of people a בת מלכות should associate with.

6 comments:

ADDeRabbi said...

funny about the gas stations, since:
a) there's self-serve
b) in Israel, most gas station attendants i've seen are women!

Nephtuli said...

The people who work in these occupations are generally "low lifes" according to the author of the sefer and not the kind of people a בת מלכות should associate with.

But a Ben Melech should? Perhaps no one should drive!

And a male driver has to make eye contact with other female drivers and pedestrians as well.

SephardiLady said...

I guess I will never get it. It seems far more tzniut to not be seen, which is the case in a car, than to ride public transportation, accompanied by kids you have to discipline which surely draws attention. . .. . at least when I have to ride public transport here in the US I feel like all eyes are on me while I make sure everyone is seated, nobody is getting off at the wrong stop, etc.

SephardiLady said...

"Not to be seen" is perhaps the wrong words. . . oh well. I think you get my drift.

Ari Kinsberg said...

"in Israel, most gas station attendants i've seen are women!"

i couldn't believe it the first time i went to fill up in israel. i wanted to take a picture (she did not let me) because i didn't think anybody back home would believe me.

Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

a friend of mine who went to a beis yaakov school in Boropark said that her teachers were shocked when they found out that she got a driver's license, and said that it's untzniusdic. so it's not just israel.