Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy
What do you think about ultra-orthodox male Jews who refuse to sit next to women on airplanes and refuse to let the plane leave?
I cannot say if in any specific case the Refusal of an Orthodox Jew to sit besides a woman is justified or not. BUT I have seen many cases where Orthodox Jews are pressured to compromise when there is no need for it. Other people often have prejudices of their own and WANT the Jew to do as they see fit rather than what the Jew would want, or feels he should. Also my dollar is as good as that of anybody else. In MOST cases the Airline company (or any similar enterprise) will go out of its way to accommodate the whims of its Jewish (and other) customers if it feels the continued patronage of the Jew is at stake. Only where a monopoly exists (as in some segments of the Israeli transport system) do liberal elements get all uppity and try to impose their own conceptions (one would almost say religion) on religious Jews.Â