Controversial Signs of the Times: Issues of Ideology, Religion and State

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VOI’s Mottle Wolfe is joined by Jerusalem City Council member Laura Wharton, who spearheaded the campaign to remove signs in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods demanding that women dress modestly. As a result of her campaign, the Jerusalem Municipality announced yesterday that it will be removing the signs.

Then, Mottle challenges controversial comments made by well-known politically conservative Orthodox rabbi, Daniel Lapin, during an appearance on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” program. Lapin asserted that liberals are sexually attracted to the “the masculine strength and brutality of Islam.”

Then, Mottle talks to activist Alden Solovy from the emergency room where he is being treated for injuries sustained in a scuffle today at the Western Wall. The chaos erupted during the monthly ‘Rosh Chodesh’ prayer service held by the group “Women of the Wall” (whom Solovyn supports),when ultra-Orthodox men tried to prevent women from reading from the Torah.

Finally, Mottle spoke with Peace Now chairman Yariv Oppenheimer, a fierce opponent of Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), who is currently doing his IDF reserve duty — protecting settlements in Samaria. Oppenheimer says that it is his duty to serve the country, even when it goes against his ideology.

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