“Take off the golden rings that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters. And they took off the golden rings that were in their ears.” [Shemot 32:2-3].
“‘In the ears of your wives’ – Aharon thought: the women and the children will refuse to give up their jewelry, perhaps this will delay matters and Moshe will come. But they (that is, the men) did not wait, and they took off their own jewelry.” [Rashi].
“Women do not perform work (on Rosh Chodesh)... in memory of the fact that they did not participate in the sin” [TUR Orach Chaim 417, based on Pirkei D’Rebbe Eliezer 44].
The “Levinstein” Festival
As I write these lines, the drama surrounding Rabbi Yigal Levinstein is still at its peak. Perhaps by the time this article is published the press, the women’s organizations, and liberal public figures will have found some other easy prey. Before I give my opinion about what the rabbi said (below), I want to address the focus of the drama, consisting of a general onslaught of threats against the speaker, with such statements as: “Right now, stop all budgets given to his institution... Do not let him teach... Stop all visits of governmental and military figures in his institution...”