But Rahel still hasn't begun the school year because she hasn't been accepted into any educational institution within the haredi system.Only at the end of the five page article is the truth revealed:
She is convinced that she has been rejected from four of the most prestigious schools, despite her high grades and commendable behavior, for one reason only: because she is Sephardi and the schools are Ashkenazi.
Still at home, Rahel says that is discouraged and fears that her reputation has been ruined. She is ready to "give in," she says, and attend a less-prestigious school.In other words, she was or could be accepted to a "seminar", but not one of the prestigious ones. [Sniffle]
A Google search on "Peggy Cidor" brought me to the following:
Ms Cidor is a member of Women of the Wall, an organisation launched 14 years ago to challenge centuries of tradition that permits only men to wear shawls and speak prayers from the Torah at the wall. But the organisation's broader aim is to break the grip of men over Orthodox religious practices that, among other things, exclude women from becoming rabbis.Do you think the lady has an axe to grind?