First Hillary Clinton, and now Harriet Tubman.
This week the Treasury Department announced that they will be replacing the image of Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill with that of Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist freedom fighter, presenting a challenge to those newspapers and publications that avoid pictures of women.
The issue first came up last year when the plan was to scrap the picture of Alexander Hamilton on the ten dollar bill and replace it with a woman. There was a he backlash of Hamilton supporters who managed to get those plans scrapped.
The challenge now is much greater because the twenty dollar bill is a much more popular denomination than the ten dollar bill. According to the Federal Reserve there are only 1.9 billion ten dollar bills in circulation, while there are a whopping 8.6 billion twenty dollar bills in circulation.
In regard to the earlier challenge of reporting about a female running for president, HaModia and other newspapers have cleverly met with the issue by publishing photos of Bill Clinton instead of Hillary. This cannot be done in the case of Harriet Tubman, because there are no known extant pictures of her first husband, John Tubman, nor her second husband, Nelson Davis.
Inside media sources say that this idea would not work anyhow, because here the challenge is in the monetary denominations that the newspaper publishers use, and not the photos that they print.
There are two alternatives left, if they continue to hold to this controversial halachic position of no photos of women. They can begin using more ten and fifty dollar bills, or begin using credit and debits cards more.
Of course, the third alternative is that Harriet Tubman’s appearance on the twenty dollar bill could be embraced. She believed in G-d, helped 71 people go free, and dressed modestly.
By the way….so does Hillary Clinton. Check the photos. It’s sad to say, but Hillary Clinton is dressed more Tzniyus then most Frum women walking our streets. He neck is covered, wears long skirts and has her sleeves covered – with chumros! And besides…..didn’t the Skverer Rebbe pay her a visit at the Whitehouse to secure the pardon of one of his Chassidim?
Pesach Benzmanim – Brooklyn
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