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The Itim organization has sent a letter to the Yokneam Religious Council demanding the removal of a sign placed at the regional cemetery which states:
1. The beis hachaim is a holy place and one should act appropriately
2. One must cover one’s head upon entering
3. Women are requested to dress modestly
4. Women are requested not to mingle among the men during a funeral
Adhering to the instructions shows respect for the deceased and those alive!
Itim points out the sign violates the law. The organization adds many women wish to accompanied their dearly departed and they have no right to prevent this. The letter questions why the request for modest dress is only directed at women, not men.
Itim refers to the ruling of the Ministry of Religious Affairs from February 2013 which prohibits compelling gender separation at a levaya. Signs calling for separation are prohibited. Hence, Item calls for the immediate removal of the sign.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)