A recent lecture given by Rav Amnon Yitzchak in which he mentioned the view of HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Halevy Wosner Shlita opposing women driving has led to some harsh responses from the non religious community.
Rav Yitzchak explained that Rav Wosner and other prominent rabbonim are in agreement, that is it not fitting for women to drive.
“אין דעת חכמים נוחה מנהיגת נשים כלל וכלל. הרב וואזנר אוסר את זה בתכלית האיסור ויש רבים מן הרבנים שאוסרים”.
Rav Amnon explains that today, the car is the replacement of the wagon and in the days of old, women were not wagon drivers. The rav is critical of those rabbonim who permit women to drive, accusing them of doing so in an effort to find favor in their tzibur’s eyes.
When asked questions on the matter by members of the audience, the rav said “this is halacha because it is not tznius for a woman to be a driver”.
Needless to say the feminist organizations on the internet are abuzz as a result of Rav Amnon’s words.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)