Court Gives Agudas Yisroel 21 Days To End Ban On Women


The High Court of Justice instructed Agudas Yisrael on Thursday to change its party regulations within 21 days to allow women to run for office, in line with an agreement reached in September on the matter.

Currently a clause in the regulations stipulates that only men may run on the platform.
The party agreed in September to remove the clause, following a three-year legal battle over petitions filed by multiple women’s groups, including some representing charedi women.

The party stressed at the time of the agreement that it was a symbolic move only, as the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah would not approve a female candidate for office.

However, the court in its ruling this week stressed that in future, women who claim to meet requirements and are barred from the party will be able to take legal action on the basis of the decision.


Read more at Times of Israel.



  1. What a tremendous chutzpah of the secular “High Court”. And who are the “charedi women” represented in the petition? It’s probably a fraud.

  2. As long as Agudas Yisrael and the Israeli citizens in general are apathetic and allow the self-appointed-for-life-radical-leftist-anti-Torah judges to run the country, interfere in religious affairs, political affairs and affairs that don’t belong to them, they should not complain.

  3. No practical ramifications to this ruling, since there are no primaries in Agudath Yisroel.
    i.e. becoming a representative of Agudath Yisroel is like becoming the Gabbai of the Belzer Rebbe – even if you think of yourself as very appropriate for this position, you still cannot blame anybody for not getting it.

  4. i dont get this: women who consider themselves able to represent the agudah will sue because the rabonim of the agudah say female representatives are inappropriate? so how do these women claim they can run for office on behalf of the agudah? it doesnt make sense.

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