No Women Blessing Hanukkah Candles at BGU-Updated
Israel Channel 10 broadcast a segment on how at the official Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony for Ben-Gurion University no women were allowed to either light candles or sing. The rabbi of the university was the authority that decided that this would be the policy and he was supported by the administration. After protests the administration did say that women can light a candle, but only with a man and no blessing. Next year women would be able to light candles at a separate ceremony and say the blessing, but still no singing. What a disgrace.
Below is the video of the news report. (Hebrew)
Update: Thanks to the public outcry on the last night of Hanukkah a woman lit and made the blessing on the Hanukkah candles at BGU. Kudos to BGU for making the right decision. (Hat tip to Sigal Samuel’s tweet and Emily Hauser’s retweet.)
The picture is from the BGU Facebook page.
Updated: The rabbi of Bar-Ilan University now claims that he never prohibited women from lighting Hanukkah candles at the university ceremony.