Once again the ultraorthodox come through. Now that Robin Williams is dead, UD finds herself increasingly dependent on the ultras for her deepest, most life-affirming laughter.

Speaking at at the launch of the United Torah Judaism election campaign last March in the well-known Lederman Synagogue in Bnei Brak, Rabbi Aviezer Filtz, a prominent figure in UTJ and head of the religious seminary Yeshivat Toshia in the southern village of Tifrah, delivered a fiery speech on the importance of separate-gender seating on public buses.

“Start to organize, to ride separately,” he urged his listeners, then explained that the principle was so fundamental that even the Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust obeyed this policy.

“Even the Nazis, may their names be erased, understood that there has to be separate housing for women and men, but here [in Israel] it’s forbidden!”

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3 Responses to “You cannot make this shit up.”

  1. Ravi Narasimhan Says:

    Separate planets, perhaps? Musk is working on Mars, don’t know about Venus.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    It’s hilarious to think of Israel’s self-conception as an in-gathering of the world’s Jews. One of their most powerful political groups (increasingly, given their birthrate, the most powerful) considers anyone outside of their primitive cult NOT a Jew – and generates legislation based on that consideration. Even Monty Python couldn’t have thought it up.

  3. Van Hayhow Says:

    The problem with stories like this is that it is getting harder and harder to determine which articles are real and which ones are from the Onion.

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