Ultra-orthodox Jewish leader bans girls over five from riding bikes

Published: June 6, 2016
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An Ultra-orthodox Jewish leader has allegedly banned five-year-old girls  and older from riding bicycles in some areas of Israel, claiming it is “immodest”.
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An Ultra-orthodox Jewish leader has allegedly banned five-year-old girls and older from riding bicycles in some areas of Israel, claiming it is “immodest”. PHOTO: ICEBIKE

An Ultra-orthodox Jewish leader has allegedly banned girls aged five and above from riding bicycles in some areas of Israel, claiming it is “immodest”.

The rabbi of the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Nahloat circulated the ruling among his followers in synagogues across the region.

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According to the rabbi, young girls riding bicycles could “cause serious damage to their modesty” and that bicycle seats caused young girls to sit in a way men find “provocative”, reports  Arutz Sheva 7.

The ruling said: “We inform parents that they are obligated to forbid their daughters from age five and up from acting in this illegitimate way.”

The ruling is directed at members of the ultra-orthodox Haredi branch of Judaism.

In December ultra-orthodox rabbis requested women in Israeli city Bnei Brak refrain from higher education, according to Yeshida.

They claimed institutions teach secular subjects which present a real danger, and that girls and women should not study.

Last year the decades-old debate over whether ultra-Orthodox young men studying at seminaries should perform mandatory military service like the rest of Israel’s Jewish population was renewed again.

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However, lawmakers passed legislation extending their exemption from duty, reversing a law passed in 2014 that would have seen it expire.

The ultra-Orthodox currently make up between seven and 10 percent of Israel’s more than eight million population, but are among its fastest-growing communities.

This article originally appeared on Independent

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  • Ahmed
    Jun 6, 2016 - 11:48AM

    This just proves that there are extremist in every religion. Demeaning a religion on the basis of a select few people is criminal and downright ignorant. Hopefully people will not use this example to bash Judaism. Respect for each and every religion is a must for the peace of planet earth :) . Recommend

  • raw is war
    Jun 6, 2016 - 12:18PM

    Judaism and Islam share the same values. Recommend

  • Hmm
    Jun 6, 2016 - 12:38PM

    @raw is war:

    Nope. Jews are much advanced and educated while muslims are the least educated . This news is a odd one . Recommend

  • jaan
    Jun 6, 2016 - 1:42PM

    @Hmm:
    You forgot to mention Hindus who still believe in caste system and consider some people as untouchables. And then there are Hindus who still believe in Sati… quite educated I guessRecommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jun 6, 2016 - 1:51PM

    This is called going back to stone ages . AFter all humanity has to end … so why not this way … Recommend

  • brar
    Jun 6, 2016 - 5:09PM

    @jaan: You say this because your text books taught this to you but for your kind information Satti was banned long ago as regards scheduled castes , the Govt passed a law many years back even if you call some one chamar or chuhra you may go the jail for six months , there are reservation 17.5% for SC and STs in Medical, Engg colleges where they can get admission by obtaining less marks and this reservation is also in all civil services also, perhaps you don,t know one of our President was from SC community and before becoming President he was a Indian Foreign Service Officer by the way I am not a Hindu.Recommend

  • Pukar
    Jun 7, 2016 - 2:55AM

    Mere words with no meanings. The fact is caste discrimination is still practised in India. Ask Dalit people of [email protected]: Recommend

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