In perhaps the largest show of corrupt and perverse "lomdus", a Rabbi I have never heard of has apparently initiated a new bill to lower the marriage age in Israel to 15 (but probably even earlier if given the choice). The reasoning, which can only emanate from Chelm in conjunction with a view that women are mostly objects, includes:
- Girls are a Financial Burden to Their Parents. "Parents of large families who cannot financially support all their children would be able to marry off their daughter earlier so that she can move into her husband's house." In another quote, "Girls who do not want to study or work are a burden to the household," Oh, but don't expect the child-bride to be the breadwinner. Another purpose of changing the marriage age: "to change the hareidi view that has been prevailing in recent years, according to which girls must acquire an occupation before getting married." Burden if she doesn't want to work or study, but the truth comes out later: this group doesn't want educated women: "The key is to give them an opportunity to marry early and this way save them from the pressure and the feeling that they must pursue an academic track, because many are not interested in studies."
- The worst of aveirot can be solved. . . . "We will curtail rape cases and violation of the law by allowing marriage a year earlier." Later the Rabbi is quoted saying: "No one will oppose the halacha. The Knesset has witnessed the recent wave of crimes and sexual offenses in both secular and religious families with many children, and this will solve our problems." [Because the most severe averiot are solved by creating a different receptable. . . read on if you can]
- . . . . With increased (legal) access to a different receptacle "Sexual intercourse is forbidden until the age of 16, but after the age of 16 it is allowed if it is consensual, and we want it to be conducted in the framework of marriage. As soon as there is consent of the boys and the families, we don’t want to have any limitation." [underlining mine]
The "lomdus" is so perverse, but I think I'm hearing him loud and clear: he'd like to give those who lack sexual discipline (both those who just want to have relations, as well as those who dare commit the most serious of averiot) license to have free reign over the daughters of the poor.
And for which I say, this is an outrage and the words of Shimon and Levi come to mind: "Ha'ch'zona ya'aseh et achotaynu?"
While it is nice to see Shas MK quoted saying that even if the bill is passed: "I also don’t think parents are going to want their daughters to marry so young, except for special circumstances," and "furthermore, I believe that studies help strengthen the family," the problem is that those who are mentally unstable are certain to have "special circumstances." Let's hope this bill is DOA, dead on arrival. If not, watch the "special circumstances" bloom.