Women To The Rear! It's Okay To Harass, Insult And Embarrass Women On Gender Segregated Buses, Head Haredi Rabbi Says
Rafi G picked up a story from the Israeli ultra-Orthodox news website Kikar HaShabbat that is frightening, I think, because it shows how far the haredi version of Judaism has fallen, and how low many of its leaders really are.
A young married haredi man was on a mehadrin bus (i.e., a gender-segregated bus operated by a public bus company – Egged, for example).
A woman got on and, instead fo going to the back of the bus to the women's section, sat in front with the men.
By law, gender segregation on mehadrin buses is voluntary, meaning that a woman can be reminded that the bus is a mehadrin bus, but she cannot be compelled to uphold the gender segregation.
This young haredi man approached the woman and asked her to go to the back of the bus.
When she refused to do so, the young haredi man screamed at her and berated her, demanding that she move. But she still refused.
A few days later, the young haredi man began to have questions about his behavior, and he went to Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, the leading haredi rabbi in the world, to ask Rabbi Elyashiv if his behavior on the bus was correct.
What did Rabbi Elyashiv answer?
Accoding to Rafi's paraphrase [and with some clarifications from me included in square brackets like the ones that enclose this], this is what the leader of all Ashkenazi haredim in the world said:
[The young haredi man] has no reason to apologize, as she was wrong and she should have moved to the back and not disrupted the mehadrin arrangement.
The avreich [young haredi man] persisted and suggested that perhaps she was handicapped and was unable to move to the back despite being screamed at, and [therefore] maybe he does need to apologize?
Rav Elyashiv, again supposedly, responded that he has no need to apologize as he acted properly.
Rav Elyashiv proved his words quoting from the story in the gemara [Babylonian Talmud] of the amora [a sage of the later generations codified in the Talmud] (article says it was Shmuel but I don't think so) who encountered a woman in the street who was dressed immodestly and he ripped it [her clothes; the immodest garment] off her. He is praised even though in the end it was discovered the woman was not even Jewish. Rav Elyashiv said from that we learn that one can shame someone who goes against "Dat Yehudit" [the Jewish religion as understood by haredim] in the matters of tzniyus [modesty].
I have many times previously written that Rabbi Elyashiv is an evil man.
If you did not believe me before, now you have absolute proof.
Here are screenshots of the Kikar HaShabbat article, for posterity's sake:
[Hat Tip: Undercover Kofer]