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Women singing: Religious vs Constitutional rights

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JR users posted hundreds of comments last month. The hot-button topic of the day is the banter of divergent opinion on the issue of the Cape Town SAJBD being sued in the Equality Court over women not being allowed to sing at secular events – the halachic doctrine of ‘Kol Isha’ - which has itself seen almost 50 comments totalling in excess of 12 000 words being posted. As things stand, it seems that if neither side backs down, religious rights vs constitutional rights are set to be tested for the first time.
by ANT KATZ | May 03, 2016

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The hot  topic at the moment is the back-and-forth banter of completely different opinions on the issue of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies being sued in the Cape Town Equality Court over women not being allowed to sing at secular events – the halachic doctrine of ‘Kol Isha’ - which has now seen over 12 000 words posted by users in almost 50 comments.

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1 Comment

  1. 1 nat cheiman 04 May
    To air this in public is irreverent.
    Regrettabl as it is, it is going to done in a very public forum as the Cape High Court, sitting as the Equality Court, yesterday set it down for two days in open court in August - story to come  -Online Editor


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