I wish they put as much effort into protecting innocent children

[Hat tip BA]

From Yeshiva World News.

After Israel’s Supreme Court declared mehadrin buses illegal, we are introduced to mehadrin
elevators. The חן ארמונות simcha hall in Givat Shaul, Yerushalayim, has set up a mehadrin
elevator divided by a curtain that separates men and women in the elevator. The elevator is
optional, for guests who wish to offer this new mehadrin service. A nylon curtain is placed in
the elevator, permitting men and women to ride without seeking one another, in theory at
Hall owner Yosef Cohen told Walla News that on the day of one’s chupah, many wish to be
especially careful regarding shmiras einayim and this is just another way of assisting them,
nothing more. Cohen adds that one hall in Bnei Brak has two elevators, one for men and a
second for women but he purchased the hall, which only has one elevator so this is the
solution for those wishing it.
When asked what he has to say to the critics, Cohen questions why anyone finds this
bothersome since it is only used upon request of a bal simcha.
It seems to me that some of them need Shmiras Yodayim and other Eyvorim, and as Rodfim, should be chemically castrated if they have a confirmed illness. I know I’ve jumped from one Chumra to another issue, but frankly the latter issue of disgraceful pedophiles worries me a whole lot more than someone who can’t stand in a lift looking straight ahead. The owner should have told them to use the stairs, and reminded them that they have to walk in front of women, not behind. Groise Tzaddikim. Not.
By the way, where is Malka Leifer? Still walking the streets or “educating” with impunity?
(Pic from Scientific American)

Author: pitputim

I've enjoyed being a computer science professor in Melbourne, Australia, as well as band leader/singer for the Schnapps Band. My high schooling was in Chabad and I continued at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel and later in life at Machon L'Hora'ah, Yeshivas Halichos Olam.

4 thoughts on “I wish they put as much effort into protecting innocent children”

    1. It’s not a big step. They put up all sorts of nonsense to protect their eyes. Easy. Look down or ahead or turn away. I see ZERO Chumros about the scourge of pedophilia. Shulchan Aruch is clear that there is a din of Yichud with males when there is a chashash. Who is going to tell me there isn’t a damned epidemic let alone a chashash?


  1. Without a shred of evidence that these people are the disgusting paedophiles or their protectors, a long stretch from their extreme chumros to child molestors is an understatement.

    This is the same ruse used by many being critical of chumros(and even Mitzvos) done by you and me, when there are(in their words) more important things such as the above.


    1. You haven’t a shred of evidence that they aren’t, to be fair. To be open, one needs to consider that the evidence does indicate that there are too many ‘frum’ people over-represented in the area of abuse. The question does need to be asked. Is there a connection between being uber stringent and an underlying malaise. I don’t know the answer to the question. However, if you can show me where in Halacha it states that one needs a Mechitza in an elevator, then I’d be obliged. As such, it is SHTUS SHEBESHTUS, and such things can only lead people on a non Torah path. I don’t care whether they where a spodik or Na Na Nachman Yarmulka, whether they have dangling pesos, or little litvishe ones, whether they wear a hat at ravening or a kippa sruga. Those who take the extreme path, ARE extreme. When you are extreme on such matters, I contend one is over-sensualised. It’s certainly born out by the stats of the clergy and is obvious to any one who seethe seemingly never ending stories which seem to involve the uber machmirim. Don’t confuse that with Chumros. You cannot compare someone who is machmir on say, Eruvin, to someone who insists on a Mechitza in an elevator. That is Shtus Shebikdusha and a VERY dangerous thing.


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