Jerusalem - Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak: Driver's Seat Is For "Men Only"

Published on: November 13th, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Jerusalem - Using the analogy that the modern day automobile is simply a replacement for the horse-drawn carriage, which men alone were allowed to drive, Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak said last week that, likewise, women of today should not be allowed to drive.

THE TIMES OF ISRAEL ( reports that Yitzhak made his comments at a recent lecture, and cited past rulings by rabbis as validity for his stance.

Calling women driving "immodest," Yitzhak said, "none of the wisest rabbis allow women drivers. After all, what is a car? It is a replacement for the carriage. There were never any female carriage drivers."

In response to a question from a woman in the audience who asked if women driving for a "good cause" was acceptable, Yitzhak said no, and equated such and act to someone stealing in order to donate to charity.

Knesset Committee on the Status of Women chair, MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid), immediately gave Yitzhak's comments two thumbs down, saying, “From the comparison that Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak made between cars and the carriages of the past we can see that if it were up to him, things would still be like they were in the Middle Ages. If that’s Rabbi Yitzhak’s preference, then he can go right ahead and turn in his luxury car for a carriage.”

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