Shas rabbi’s son: OK to sit next to woman

Shas’ spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, has yet to address the exclusion of womenissue. But his son, Holon’s Chief Rabbi Avraham Yosef on Wednesday slammed the “kosher” bus lines phenomenon.

“There is no exclusion when it comes to a strange woman,” he said in regards of gender segregation supporters. “Apart from touching, apart from looking, apart from smelling any good smell she may have put on herself – we should not be interested in anything else.”

In an interview to Kol Barama Radio, Rabbi Yosef explained that during a meeting with a woman in the public sphere, “we must ignore, take our glasses off, look down.”

The interviewer, Mordechai Lavi, mentioned an incident in which a haredi man scolded a blind woman sitting at the front of a bus. Rabbi Yosef responded, “He is a stupid man, and unfortunately there countless stupid people… If he doesn’t like it, he should get up and leave…


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