Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak 370.
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The renowned Haredi rabbi Amnon Yitzhak, famous for his Jewish outreach
activities, has ruled that it is forbidden for women to drive according to
Jewish law on the ground that it is immodest, the haredi website Kikar Hashabbat
Speaking in Kiryat Shmuel near Haifa last week, Yitzhak said
that Torah sages did not approve of women driving at all and cited a ruling of
Rabbi Shmuel Wosner, one of the most respected haredi rabbis alive today as
having also prohibited women from driving.
“What is a car, it’s a
replacement of a wagon and there was never such a thing as a female wagon
driver,” said Yitzhak.
“It’s not modest for a woman to be a driver,” said
the rabbi, claiming that only “fourth or fifth” rate rabbis would permit such a
There have been other rabbis who have ruled that women should not
Rabbi Avraham Yosef, son of former Shas spiritual leader
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, once ruled that women should only learn to drive if it was
“absolutely necessary” and not as a luxury.
And as Yitzhak himself
mentioned, Rabbi Wosner ruled that women learning to drive causes immorality
since the woman exposes herself in markets and streets for all to see which
causes others to stumble and err.