Agudas Yisrael To Change Bylaw Barring Women From Running


The Agudas Yisrael announced that it will change a statute in its platform permitting only men from running for political office.

The decision comes after the High Court of Justice ordered them to change the offending statue by September 2.

But the party reassured that taking out the word “male” from its platform would not change the reality on the ground.

“Since our position of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah has not changed and every candidate for membership in the party is required to commit itself to fulfill the decisions of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, changing the articles of association will not lead to any change in the actual situation with regard to accepting the party,” said Agudas Yisrael.

The original platform said that potential candidates had to be “a Jewish male aged 18 and over who is a Torah observant and identifies with Agudas Israel and its goals … submits itself to the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudas Israel and accepts its authority.”

Read more at Arutz Sheva.



  1. Hashem yirachem! While the Agudah did what was needed it’s ramifications are alarming and frighting. Obviously, the feminists are going to attempt to gain admittance into the party and now it will be that much harder to keep them out. We need to show our appreciation to the women for being the bedrock of our homes and raising the next generation of charedim ldvar Hashem. Doing so will make them feel fulfilled with their mission and not lacking causing them to seek other positions.

  2. The Agudas Y is now on the slippery sloppy slop. People used to say that the Vatican changes but really really slow. It seems the Agudas Y is following the same path. Changing really really slow. This article says it’s all talk, to fool/placate the public. It schmeks of falshkeit.

  3. If a woman doesn’t work outside the home in Israel she is considered lazy and not contribuating to the household. Even if the actual financial gains are minimal after child are costs she is frowned on for not working and blamed as the reason the family not making it financially. I know someone who continued working after/around retirement . It was proven to them by working they were actually losing money but the person couldnt hear it(what you get pension goes by your salary of the recent years you work, she was now working part time) and she continued to work,unable to help the family in other ways because she worked. She was lauded as so wonderful, because she was older and helping support her family by working. A CRAZY WORLD!!!


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