The insulated ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, which protects itself from worldly, outside influences, is now protesting the opening of an Orthodox yeshiva (seminary) in its midst. Mea Shearim’s residents say the yeshiva is too close to three ultra-Orthodox schools for young women and they fear the presence of modern Orthodox Jews threatens their own traditional lifestyle. The conservative neighborhood frowns on proximity of the sexes even if they are not attending the same school.
“We will not be silent until these yeshiva students leave our neighborhood,” said Rabbi Shai Stern, head of one of the girls’ schools. “We will keep on protesting against the yeshiva students with posters and banners since they are not part of our community.”
Ultra-Orthodox Jews adhere to stricter rules than the Orthodox who already maintain more stringent standards than other branches of Judaism.
From the October issue of Israel Today
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