Is Yossi Sarid Jewish?

Yes, Yossi Sarid is a Jew. He is, according to Wikipedia, “a left-wing Israeli news commentator and former politician. He served as a member of the Knesset for the Alignment, Ratz and Meretz between 1974 and 2006. A former Minister of Education and Minister of the Environment, he led Meretz between 1996 and 2003.”

So Sarid is no lightweight. He is also the author of a pungent op-ed in Haaretz, “Orthodox Judaism treats women like filthy little things” which argues that Orthodox Judaism teaches, “If a man and a woman are drowning in a river, first they’ll save the man, ‘who is obligated to perform more commandments,’ whereas a woman’s ‘wisdom is only in the spindle.’ In fact, ‘words of Torah should be burned rather than being given to women.’”

Those Odious Orthodox [we need some descriptive term to characterize those men in Beit Shemesh who spit on little girls] are a small minority of a minority. The other [polite] Orthodox ought to rein them in before it is too late. [And, sadly, judging from the Sarid op-ed, it is too late.]


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