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Israeli Orchestra Cuts Female Singer For Orthodox Viewers

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The Israel Andalusian Orchestra has cut a concert featuring a female singer from its subscription series, due to complaints from Orthodox audiences. Francoise Atlan had been the only female featured in the series, and, according to Haaretz, some audiences threatened to cancel their subscriptions if the concert was not removed from the series.

Jewish law forbids an observant man from listening to a woman sing in a law known as kol isha. It is stated in the Talmud that the legs, hair, and voice of a female incite sexual excitement. This has prevented women from singing alone, and in some instances authorities even ban females from talking.

As an attempt at a compromise the orchestra will offer the concert with the female singer as a separate option who those who are not under the obligations of Jewish law. Is this a proper solution to the cultural clash of traditional, religious values and modern, secular rights? What do you think?

Quick Poll

Do you think the Andalusian Orchestra thought of a strong resolution for the cultural clash?

Yes. There is still an option to view the female singer but this way the religious concertgoers will not be going against their beliefs.

No. A woman should be allowed to sing just as much as a man should. If someone thinks otherwise they can choose to miss the concert.

Other, see my comment.