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  6/26/2014, Sivan 28, 5774

R. Amsalem: Shas Leader All Wrong on Haredi Colleges


A ruling by Rabbi Shalom Cohen against women learning in haredi colleges is a “slap in the face” to the memory of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef z”tl, Rabbi Haim Amsalem said in an interview. Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Rabbi Amsalem said that Rabbi Yosef had been a strong advocate of college education for haredi women – to the extent that his daughter, Adina Bar-Shalom, established one herself.

Speaking earlier this week, Rabbi Cohen ruled that women had no business studying in college. In an open letter to a haredi web site Tuesday, he wrote that even with the title “haredi,” colleges were no place for any believing Jew, male or female.