post rant isn’t exactly my usual blogging fare. But I think it’s a must-read for Diaspora parents of daughters who are thinking about coming to seminary in Israel next year I”YH:
As those of you who know us in real life can attest, YZG and I try to raise our kids to be yirei Shamayim, bnei Torah, and ohavei Yisrael.
But apparently, that’s not enough.
After all, a certain seminary for American girls here in Israel has ruled that its students may not visit us on Shabbat.
Why? Because, according to this seminary, TRLEOOB* isn’t located in a “charedi community” [sic].
And in a stunning display of what can only be described as extreme sinat chinam (baseless hatred), the seminary’s administration prohibits their students from spending Shabbat in any place which has been anachronistically labeled by the school as a “Mizrachi community” [sic]. (Hint: The Mizrachi party was submerged into the National Religious Party way back in 1956.)
Note that this draconian decree applies to many fine, upstanding neighborhoods, villages, towns, and cities throughout the country.
Oddly enough, the seminary’s students are allowed to come here during the week, because – the school explained - that’s an appropriate time to visit one’s “not frum” [sic] relatives…
What’s the administration afraid of? What evil things do they think we do here in our
den of iniquity neighborhood?
I have no idea.
But either way, if your daughter is planning on spending a year in an American seminary in Israel, please make sure to check out the school’s Shabbat policy before she arrives.
Because speaking from personal experience, I’m certain that your Israeli friends and relatives will be dismayed to learn that their homes and chosen communities have been deemed unacceptable and not up to proper standards…
*TRLEOOB=the real life equivalent of our blog