Men and Women on Buses - Contemporary Rabbis' Opinions
Here are a few opinions of various Rabbanim I noticed that have to do with gender mixing on buses. This is by no means a full and extensive list.
(Please be very careful commenting on this post. Any comments that I believe disrespects any of these rabbis will be deleted.)
- Rav Yaakov Ades: It would be better if there were 2 separate buses and bus stops for men and women.
- Rav Elyashiv: There are conflicting reports as to what he said. Using gemara lingo: עסקני הוא אליבא דרב אלישיב
- Rav Avraham Yosef: It is permissible for a man to sit next to a woman on a bus, just not to stare at her
- Rav Amar and Rav Metzger: We cannot impose on women where to sit on public buses - Mehadrin buses for private use is fine
- Rav Eliezer Melamed: Mehadrin buses undermine family structure
- Rav Ovadia Yosef (per his son Rav Yitzhak Yosef): Mehadrin lines are a Hidur and something good, but only for those who want such lines of their own volition. (Rav Yitzhak Yosef adds: To guard one's eyes, it's good to take a small sefer along and learn from it. When my father was younger, he used to travel by bus with the Rabbanit sitting next to him, but he didn't notice as he was involved in his learning. The Rabbanit had 2 baskets in her hands and before she got off the bus, she asked him to bring one basket home. However, as he was so involved in his learning, he didn't even realize that she was talking to him, and he didn't bring the basket home.)
- Rav Mutzafi was recently asked about saying Tehillim or reading Mishnayot opposite a woman who is not dressed properly on a bus. He answered that one should place the sefer between one's eyes and the woman, and it would then be permitted. Regarding Mehadrin lines, he refused to answer at the moment.