I was teaching a piano lesson to a 19 year old female student. She's jewish and from what I've gathered they are rather strict. Today she asked if I could write up a couple of songs that she was very interested in learning how to play. I told her that I'm not the writer, but my husband (also a music teacher) could do it since he has an ear for transcription and composition. She told me that one of the songs she has a recording for but the other she would have to sing, but since she is jewish she cannot sing in front of a man so she wouldn't be able to sing it for my husband.
I did a little research on this and I guess that extremely orthodox jews do not allow women to sing in front of a man because her voice would cause the man to have a relationship with her.
It's very difficult for me to bite my tongue, but I did. She's my piano student, so it is none of my business. But at the same time, this is a full grown adult woman. It's not like she's a child (even though gramma is footing the bill for her music lessons). Do I say something, and if I did what would I say? I'm just so baffled by the statement she made, especially since prior to her having piano lessons she had been taking voice lessons from a very prestigious school nearby.