Number 6 On Meretz List? A Haredi Woman Ph.D.

Number 6 on the Meretz list in the upcoming elections is a 59-year-old haredi mother of five with a Ph.D. in politcal philosophy, Tzvia Greenfield. She’s for civil marriage, gay rights, and she has a perceptive view on rabbinical culture:

Greenfield is an unusual ultra-Orthodox politician
not only because she is a woman, but also in her attitude toward
rabbis. In her book, "They Are Scared," she accuses the great rabbinic
leaders of this generation of "enflaming zealousness and hostility and
widening the deep rift in the Jewish people."

"I don’t hide my
opinion that rabbis do not do the Jewish people much good," she told
Haaretz. "They are not efficient leaders. In order to preserve their
positions of power, they prevent change."

As expected, the haredi world is outraged that Dr. Greenfield identifies as a haredi.

I’m hoping Meretz gets the six seats necessary to put Dr. Greenfield in Knesset. It will be fun to watch her work.

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4 responses to “Number 6 On Meretz List? A Haredi Woman Ph.D.

  1. Shmuel

    Wow, them’s fighting words. They’re true, too.

  2. Yochanan Lavie

    I never thought I would ever agree with someone from Meretz.

  3. Aryeh Zelasko

    Referring to this woman as orthodox let alone ultra is as absurd as referring to the patrons of a McDonald as vegetarians or the Mafia as pacifists. The only similarity she has with a Haredi woman is on the most superficial level. Not incidentally, it is a similarity she might share with a Hamish woman or members of certain religious orders as well. If she where an honest person, she would stop pretending that she is just an ordinary ultra-orthodox women with a slightly different spin on a few minor issues. She is in total disagreement with the Haredi community, its leaders and Rabbis on numerous fundamental issues. Nothing could so dramatically illustrate this as her membership and candidacy in Meretz.

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