In which exclusion of women doesn’t stop for for war.
Visiting the rabbinate can be a joyful time, like when you are registering for a wedding. But it can also be traumatic in case of a funeral, divorce or custody battle. These days, just leaving the house involves calculating how close you will be to a shelter or protected room especially if you live in a place like Ashdod, which has been been subjected to daily rocket attacks from Hamas. But if you are a woman visiting the Ashdod rabbinate when the siren sounds, you are out of luck.
Yeduda Shohat of Yediot Aharonot reported that earlier this week, a couple visiting the rabbinate checked out the protected spaces there. They found one — designated for men only. They kept looking until they located an ordinary courtroom, designated as the safe space for women. Rabbinate employees told them that the room was protected against attacks. However, it lacked the required thick walls and protected windows.
According to the paper, Ashdod rabbinate management claimed that this was a “local initiative,” and those responsible would be punished.
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