The editor of DansDeals.com, one of the most popular “deal” blogs in the blogosphere, has been offering “DansDeals Seminars” in various places around America, with all the proceeds going to support local schools in those cities.
On Wednesday, November 19th, at 8:00pm, the 13th “DansDeals Seminar” took place in the Beis Rivkah Campus on Crown Street, with all the proceeds benefiting the Beth Rivkah school.
Pictures from the event clearly show that the middle rows were the “mixed seating” area, in direct contradiction to Halacha and Chassidishkeit, despite a clear promise from a member of the Beth Rivkah administration that the event will not be mixed.
The Rebbe’s opinion against mixed seating at any event, even a Torah class, is well known and documented, and the Rebbe only permitted it in Communist Russia, as seen in the following letter from the Rebbe written in the late 1970’s:
“In view of the extraordinary circumstances and difficulties in that country, I would be inclined to take a more lenient view to admit women into the men’s classes… I must emphasize again that the heter mentioned above in regard to coed study is based on the special extenuating circumstances prevailing in that particular country, there being no other way to save them from assimilation and intermarriage. It should in no way serve as a precedent for other cases where those circumstances do not prevail, not continued even in that same case when the situation improves sufficiently not to have recourse to that heter.”
An earlier post on this matter