Immodest 6 Year Olds?
The latest necessity for 6 year old Jewish girls is apparently modest dress, at least according to state funded modern orthodox schools. I’m not quite sure who it is that would be offended by the sight of a 6 year old wearing a T shirt but clearly someone was offended enough to ensure that it never happens on their watch. Does this mean that up until now 6 year old girls at state funded orthodox schools have been dressing immodestly?
I can’t get over this concept of modest dress for a 6 year old. Exactly what is it about a 6 year old girl going to school in ‘regular’ clothes that is immodest? Can someone please step in and explain to a normal person why it is absolutely essential for certain men to be kept away from 50% of the population for fear that they might…I don’t know, think a sexual thought? Is that the fear that has forced these little girls to wear different clothing to other little girls?
But that’s not all…
The revelation that 6 year old girls have been dressing immodestly to school since 1948 comes in the wake of 4 women being arrested at the Kotel for daring to put on tallit. Those EVIL women I am sure that they are suffering at the hands of the police for their evil crime and over the moon that the boys in blue were able to spend their time dealing with this crime instead of doing something, you know, useful!
These 2 incidents serve to hi-light a more general tension which is sweeping through the country right now, especially over what compromise is to replace the now defunct Tal Law. In a country that has seen rioting in Bet Shemesh between Ultra Orthodox and well…regular orthodox Jews it is certainly fair to say that there isn’t a week that goes by without some new ugliness that comes from an extreme interpretation of religion and I resent it!