Orthodox Jews have strict regulations regarding the mingling of men and women. Some of their rules are biblically based (Leviticus 15:19-20), and some are entirely unfounded.
For example, Orthodox men and women do not touch in any way unless they are married, and when they are, they have separate beds called ‘Kosher’ beds for when the wife is on her period. Furthermore, synagogues, weddings and social gatherings have separate sections for both sexes. Some Orthodox neighborhoods even took it upon themselves (illegally) to allocate ‘men only’ and ‘women only’ sidewalks and alleyways so that, God forbid, there is no accidental contact in the narrow space as they pass by.
This is called ‘shomer negiah,’ a term referring to someone who refrains from physical contact with members of the opposite sex. Within Orthodox and religious practices, this is the norm, but not so amongst the rest of Israeli society.
Recently, with the changing of governmental policies, a new law was proposed to accommodate religious men and women...
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