Thursday, February 11, 2010

Just a Ride on the Bus

In today's JPost there is an essay about a young woman who, during a ride on one of Jerusalem's "segregated buses," rode in the front with the men.

The analogy of the writer's actions to Rosa Parks is inaccurate. Rosa Parks' actions were part of a growing call for civil rights and equality for African Americans. There is no similar movement within the Haredim in Israel. If anything, the argument could be made that growing numbers are taking on additional chumrot that lead to more separation between the sexes.

Ultimately her action served no end other than providing fodder for a short story. Does anyone think that "Red Beard," "Grey Beard" or any of the other male riders changed their future actions based on the writer's social experiment?