July 5, 2012 On Women Learning
The Talmud says “He who teaches a woman Torah, teaches her promiscuity”. There’s been a lot of debate about the meaning of ?????? in the verse and if it indeed means promiscuity, but one can infer from uses of the verse that the word was certainly understood to mean promiscuity. They learned from this that a woman who learns Talmud becomes loose; one with society’s lowest. It is why ultra-Orthodox women don’t learn Torah; for us in Satmar, not even Chumash/rashi.
Why so harsh? Even if a woman was to learn Torah while her partner(s) makes love to her, she’d still not be revolutionary in her mix of sex and studying. Men did it, as the Talmud shows. My p’shat is (thumb dip) that while Rabbis threaten that a Torah learning woman will become LIKE a loose woman, sexual promiscuity isn’t the issue. Sex doesn’t concern them (on the contrary, it excites!), but having thinking, learned women does.
Women who learn Torah do not learn the street-corner trade or how to be with a hundred men in a month (that’s another book), but they learn how to be promiscuously, damningly up to par with men. If women learn and become independent, they may not want to continue to bear many children, be homemakers and dutiful wives without a minute to think. They will become the husband’s nightmare; as out of line as a whore. That’s why the Talmud says “ignorance is bliss”, because it is bliss for the husband of the ignoramuses!
Wait. Was it the Talmud?