Rabbi Dr. Ratzon Arussi, a contender in the race to become the next Rishon L’Tzion, announced that if elected, he would address discrimination against women in the chareidi sector. Rabbi Arussi, who currently serves as Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Ono, also holds a doctorate in law from Tel Aviv University.
Rabbi Arussi said “The problem of discrimination against women in the chareidi/ dati sector often tarnishes an entire kehilla in the Israeli tzibur. The time has come for the Chief Rabbinate of Israel to show the courage and act in line with Halacha regarding explosive issues like discrimination against women in the public transportation system, the street and segregated sidewalks.”
He plans to establish a unit that would be a center to receive calls and complaints on the matter gender segregation. The complaints would be filed appropriately towards finding solutions and releasing piskei Halacha to address them.”
“I am for the glorification of women and not the exclusion of women. People at times do not remember that Judaism not only relies on its forefathers, but its matriarchs as well” the rav concluded.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)