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Streisand Spouts Off on Women ‘In Foreign Land of Israel’

Streisand loves Israel – she even visits the country once in a while. She gives lots of money. And she can’t resist a chance to preach about women’s rights in Israel but admits it is a "foreign land.”
'Dr." Barbra Streisand speaks about women in her speech at Hebrew University Monday

'Dr." Barbra Streisand speaks about women in her speech at Hebrew University Monday

She already has visited the Western Wall, presumably without a tallis and tefillin.

She will sing the  “Avinu Malkeinu” prayer in honor of President Shimon Peres Tuesday night.

The prayer states, “Our father our king, hear our voice;

Our father our king, we have sinned before you;

Our father our king, Have compassion upon us

and upon our children.”

Hopefully, God will be listening as much as she listens to out-of-context news about Israel.

 

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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31 Responses to “Streisand Spouts Off on Women ‘In Foreign Land of Israel’”

  1. Gideon Jones says:

    I’m more concerned with the false premise these statement are based on. The lies permeating the Exiles’ discussion about Israel is very troubling. Not only do many believe that the majority of the Israeli social debate revolves around the Conflict, they all ridiculously believe that Israel has a women’s rights and Orthodoxy problem.

    If she truly visits Israel as often as she does, she would HAVE to know that the issues she address are the outliers. In that case, why address it?

    That fact that she, a woman, was given an award at a University predominated by women (sexism?), and was invited to Israel to sing (Orthodoxy problem?), expose the stupidity of her false assumptions. If only she clung to the love to her fellow Jews as she does her secular idol-ologies!

    Hatred of our fellow Jews (the Heredi specifically) is becoming all too trendy. A divided house cannot stand. This will be our downfall, not Islamists, not external Anti-semitism.

  2. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Israel has had more women at the head of government and in Cabinet positions since 1948 then all Western countries including the US – had combined in centuries; TWO of the three leading political parties are headed by women! The richest people in Israel are women! Unlike the US, women in Israel don't fear honor murders! More women by percent in universities and corporate boardrooms. Seems the only place women are lacking are in slave rooms and in the morque from being raped and murdered. Perhaps whaat babs is saying is that Israel should be more like the Arab states and what the US is becoming.

  3. Lee Campbell says:

    I was not crazy about her movie Yentel, but I do love her singing. Anyone trying to do the right thing gets A for effort from me.

  4. She should shut up and sing.

  5. Who cares what she says…she is a drop-out of the Beis Yaccov schools….

  6. David Makowsky says:

    Hey Barbara – Don't quit your day job.

  7. Clair Nahara Franco says:

    E a minha cantora preferida.

  8. Charlie Hall says:

    This article is a stab in the back at a woman who has stuck out her neck in support of Israel while other performers have joined boycotts. Streisand performed at a concert in honor of Israel's 30th birthday, closing the concert with a stirring "Hatikvah". More recently she performed at a Friends of the IDF gala a year ago. And now she is performing in Israel, defying boycotts. She deserves your support, not your whining!

  9. Jews hating a Jew whom they call a "Libertard."

  10. Miriam Goodman says:

    Charlie We in Israel do not need a lecture on morality and behavior from one who has chosen to step on halacha..giving $18 to UJA doesn't give outsiders the right to spout..have an opinion, want to shout..make Aliyah..

  11. E também uma mulher corajosa. Tao bom ouvir a sua opinião, e que bom que ela mencionado as Mulheres do Muro.

  12. Yossie Bloch says:

    were it glen beck, they would fawn over him

  13. Dan Silagi says:

    Everyone can see your real agenda here, Tsvi, which is that Barbra Streisand married James Brolin, a Christian.

  14. Charlie Hall says:

    "We in Israel do not need a lecture on morality and behavior from one who has chosen to step on halacha."

    Miriam, showing gratitude is also part of halachah!

    MOST Jews in both Israel and America "step on" halachah. And a very large segment of the observant Jewish community in both countries are fervent anti-Zionists — did you see last week's anti-Israel rally led by the Satmars?

  15. she must be getting senile or she is so full of herself that she does not realize how contradicting her words and behaviour are..its the money…they think they can buy anything…well in this world she can but thats where it ends…she is such a role model!! NOT!!!

  16. Just tell her to shut her mouth, hide her face and perform like she was paid to do

  17. @rachael … she is not senile … she has always been mean and obnoxious

  18. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Good article! With all of her awards and honors I wonder how happy and spiritually fulfilled she is.

  19. BS has always been forth right and liberal. I doubt any harm was meant, give her a break – she does her best. You can't expect a 70 year old woman to make the journey to Israel to live out her days. She's a New Yorker born and bred.

  20. Jay Padgug says:

    You are certainly in the minority with your sarcastic attack on Barbra Streisand. She has been a staunch supporter of Israel throughout her life and career. She makes no apology for her Jewishness; in fact, she proclaims it with pride. You don't like her brand of Judaism? Too bad!

  21. Jack Kuper says:

    With friends like her, we don't need enemies.

  22. Jack Kuper says:

    If you have enough money you get honored, in spite of your talent or inteligence.

  23. Manuel Sand says:

    Is it really necessary to be cynical and sarcastic in writing about Barbara Streisand?
    Can we not admire her achievements without the undercurrent of almost hate, are Jewish women, unable to criticize what almost every human being would reject today "sitting in the back of the bus, or inability to have chairs thrown at them without the invective of your piece?
    I don't know Ms. Streisand other than the outstanding artist and Humanitarian she is, nor do I know your writer Zvi ben gedalyahu, but I can say GROW UP, ENOUGH WITH THESE SHTICK.
    SAVE YOUR DOWN LOOKING COMMENTS FOR BORO PARK, OR WHEREVER THEY MIGHT FIT.
    MANUEL SAND

  24. Micki Jay says:

    She's terrific! I really admire her. Hope you are fulfilled!!!

  25. Joel Zelnik says:

    The Ultra Orthodox like all fundamentalism, subjugates women, and Streisand is correct in speaking out. They don't even consider other Jews Jewish!

  26. Anonymous says:

    There is a special place in Gehinnom for misguided, ultra-libera, l anti-Torah Jews like Streisand.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Streisand is a woman who made one movie, 'Yentl," about a girl who masquerades as a boy to study Talmud that denigrated all Judaism. And in her other big hit, "The Way We Were," she played a communist sympathizer who falls in love with a "gorgeous goyische guy" played by Robert Redford. The reason they don't end up together is not because the Redford character isn't Jewish, but that their politics differ.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Vivienne, Streisand left New York years ago and has lived in Malibu, California, for umpteen years, one of the most expensive, upscale places in the U.S.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Jack-

    Streisand gave a donation to the university in her father's memory, so they gave her an honorary degree. That's how that game is played.

    I'm burning my Hebrew University sweatshirt in protest! ;-)

  30. Anonymous says:

    BTW, women sit at the back of the bus for the same reason we sit at the back of the shul. It has NOTHING to do with being second-class citizens. In fact, in Judaism, women are acknowledged as being spiritually SUPERIOR to men, and we've saved the Jewish People over and over again. We do it as a COURTESY to men, who were hardwired by Hashem (even Jewish men) to think of one thing when they see an attractive woman. So we do it to stay out of their range of sight as much as possible in close quarters (such as a bus) and avoid coming in physical contact with them, so they won't stray. Talk about another totally misunderstood, distorted subject!

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