This afternoon, we attended the interfaith movie screening of “The Judge.”
The movie is about a Palestinian woman who becomes “the first woman judge in a Shari’a ‘family law’ court.”
Let’s just say it wasn’t easy for her to break into this male-dominated profession within institutionalized religion in the Middle East.
Thinking in an interfaith way, I guess it’s maybe not so dissimilar to women breaking into the profession of the Rabbinate.
Another similarity between the religions was that there were many Islamic religious leaders that were very conservative and dead set against women in the Shari’a courts, while others stood up against the tide and inspired change — I think we have similar disagreements in Judaism between the ultra-orthodox who want to stick with the “old” historical ways of doing things, and the more liberal Jews that seek the freedom to alter those ways.
During the movie, there were some interesting take-aways like under Shariah law, men are allowed up to 4 wives!
Another funny line in the movie was when one of the men said that the men never make trouble for the women (i.e. it’s all the women’s fault).
In the court cases filmed, there seemed to be a lot of cases of domestic violence and of divorce, and in one case in particular the wife was actually stabbed to death in the court house by her husband who she was trying to get a divorce from.
Overall, it felt good to attend the event and try to be a part of the healing process between people.
The event was sponsored by the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society (JIDS) of Washington, D.C.
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)