Yahadut Hatorah’s position regarding women on the party’s lineup is well known. According to Moshe Gafne, there is more to this than halacha and modesty, but electoral considerations. The Degel Hatorah faction head explains that even if one posits that including women on the list is halachically acceptable, in the case of the Ashkenazi chareidi party it would be detrimental at the polls.
Gafne was speaking with correspondent Shimron Effergan of the Mako website, who quoted R’ Yitzchak Ravitz, a son of the late Degel leader Rav Avraham Ravitz Z”L, who last week stated there was not halachic barrier to the inclusion of women on the list providing rabbonim give their approval. Gafne explained that Rav Yitzchak clarified, stating he was not correctly understood. Gafne added “But I can tell you that today, the chareidi women are more chareidi than the men”, explaining it is the women who oppose women on the list more than the men do. He stated adding women to the list would cut the party’s Knesset representation in half.
Regarding the split in the Shas party, Gafne denies the Ashkenazi chareidi party benefits from the disharmony in Shas. He stressed that a troubled Shas party is bad for Yahadut Hatorah and chareidi representation in Knesset and therefore, Yahadut Hatorah would like to see harmony and a strong Shas party. He concluded that if Shas was not running then gaining Shas’ votes would be a welcome trend but for as long as Shas is running, he prefers seeing a strong Shas in Knesset.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)