Segregating Men and WomenBy: Guy Templeton
On my mission, my companion thought it would be fun to attend a Jewish Synagogue. We knew Jews worship on the 7th day, rather than the first, so he called on Friday night to find out when “church” would be on Saturday. To our surprise, the Jewish Sabbath runs from sundown Friday to Saturday, and the rabbi said that the service would begin in about an hour. We didn’t have any appointments on a Friday night, so we were happy to head over to the synagogue.
One of the things that struck me at first was that the men and women were segregated, and it reminded me of how men and women are segregated in LDS temples. Of course, Islam calls for strict segregation of women; so strict that they don’t even like women to go to school. (I’m sure you heard that 14 year old Malala Yousufzai was shot in Pakistan by the Taliban.)
In the Book of Mormon, it says in 2 Nephi 26:33
black and white, ebond and free, male and female; … all are alike unto God.
What do you think of this segregation? Does it signify equality? Is it a religious relic that needs to go?