Chief rabbi: This is what IDF soldiers should do when women sing

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef tells IDF soldiers what he did in similar situation, says soldiers should follow his example.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef
Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef
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Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef on Saturday night ruled during his weekly Torah class that IDF soldiers who were forced to hear women singing at an event should take a book, take off their glasses, and show that they are learning Torah instead of listening to the singing.

Jewish law does not allow men to listen to women singing.

Rabbi Yosef also spoke about how modest dress enhances a woman's honor.

"If secular society would realize how much we honor women, and everything we do to honor women, they would not think of us the way they do," Rabbi Yosef said. "A woman is not an animal, and she should preserve her honor by dressing modestly."

"Now, I was just in a certain place, and there was a female singer there. What should I do? So I pulled out a small holy book, I took off my glasses, I put the book right in front of my face in a very obvious fashion, so everyone around me would see it.

"Everyone was there - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin - they should all know that I did not listen, that my thoughts were in the book.

"That's what the IDF soldiers should do! If soldiers arrive at a place where they are ordered to listen to women singing - isn't that a strange order? - what should they do? They should take off their glasses and put a holy book in front of their faces in an obvious fashion, so everyone will see they are too busy learning Torah to listen to the singing."


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