Women banned from driving by Orthodox Jewish sect
UK leaders of the Orthodox Jewish sect Belz have banned women from driving their children to the school
UK leaders of the Orthodox Jewish sect Belz have banned women from driving their children to the school, explaining that ‘the presence of female drivers contradicted the traditional rules of modesty,’ RT daily wrote.
The Belz sect follows Chasidic Jewish tradition and practices a very conservative lifestyle.
The Belz rabbis in Stamford Hill, North London, sent a letter to Jewish families warning that children would be banned from schools if driven by their mothers.
Jewish Chronicle reported that a letter signed by the leaders of Belz schools stated there had been “great resentment among parents and pupils of our institutions” with the increase in women driving.
A local rabbi said: “It’s always been regarded in Chasidic circles as not the done thing for a lady to drive.”
While Dina Brawer, UK ambassador of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, disagreed and regarded the policy as ‘disturbing.’
A Belz Jewish woman feels most women will disregard this rule and continue to drive their children around town.
She said the rule “disables women.”
She than added: “The more kids they have, the more they need to drive.”