A few months ago, the Israeli Health Ministry awarded Channa Maayan, a pediatrics professor at Hebrew University, a prize for a book she had co-written on hereditary diseases common among Jews. For the ceremony, Maayan wore a long-sleeve top and a long skirt in deference to the acting health minister, Yakov Litzman, who is ultra-Orthodox. Not only did Maayan and her husband have to sit separately, but she was instructed that a male colleague would have to accept the award for her because women were not permitted on stage.
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