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Old 01-15-2014, 11:06 PM
 
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Please forgive my ignorance about this, as I am not Jewish.

I was reading the blog of an old (Jewish) school friend and was very puzzled by something he wrote. He says that according to Jewish law, his mother (she is in her early 70's) cannot be alone in her house with a man who is not her husband. He goes on to say that she told this to a local Christian preacher who came to her house to talk about something, and he was shocked. My friend says that after this, the preacher began discriminating against the family because they are Jewish.

Is it true that a Jewish woman cannot be alone in her house with another man? I didn't know this was a Jewish custom.
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:31 PM
 
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Is it true that a Jewish woman cannot be alone in her house with another man? I didn't know this was a Jewish custom.
This is not a custom. It's Jewish law, called Issur Yichud, the prohibition of being secluded with a member of the opposite sex. This doesn't apply to parents, grandparents, and siblings.
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:16 AM
 
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This is not a custom. It's Jewish law, called Issur Yichud, the prohibition of being secluded with a member of the opposite sex. This doesn't apply to parents, grandparents, and siblings.
This is correct. Obviously the woman is religious.
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:47 PM
 
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[quote=mej My friend says that after this, the preacher began discriminating against the family because they are Jewish.

Is it true that a Jewish woman cannot be alone in her house with another man? I didn't know this was a Jewish custom.[/quote]

Sorry, but this made me chuckle. If any Christian preacher wants to discriminate against me because I'm Jewish and not come to my house, it'd be just dandy with me.

I don't let men in the house with me when my husband's not home, either. I really don't blame the lady.
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