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Hands versus voice

The singer Yuval Dayan refused to shake the hand of President Biden after completing her song “Lu Yehi”. The song’s title can be translated as “If it only would be”. That is somewhat an ironic meaning for what happened. Not to denigrate a person’s religious beliefs but Ms. Dayan’s action was regrettable and “stupid” aside from showing an ignorance of emotional knowledge among other things. As explained in the news item about this incident, the reason that some ultra-orthodox people don’t shake the hands of members of the opposite sex is because of “sexual impropriety”. In other words, if someone shakes the hand of someone of the opposite sex he/she might be aroused sexually and that could lead to who-knows-what. Now really! Would Ms. Dayan actually get aroused instantly from that handshake and lead the president to a side room to be intimate with him right then and there? Give me a break!

Now to a further inconsistency. The same people that will refuse to shake another’s hand will also adhere to the prohibition of hearing a woman’s live singing voice as that is also considered a tease for sexual thoughts. Ms. Dayan’s beautiful voice was heard by many people including religious men that were in the audience and, of course, elsewhere. She thereby was “probably seductive” to their sensitive ears.

There is nothing wrong with someone that wants to adhere to their religious beliefs no matter how strict they are but at least be consistent and respectful of the president’s high position.

About the Author
M.Ed from a leading U.S. university. English instructor. Former Gabai in U.S. and Israeli synagogues. Lover of Israel. Member of the politically right in Israel.

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