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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Don't Miss This Link / Your Daily Weird

  Look at this photograph and think of the words that come to your mind.

  You may think of oppressed or backward, you're likely also thinking Muslim. And you would be wrong. These women and girls are walking a street in Beit Shemesh, Israel. That's right, they're Jews.

 I've been following Hannah Katsman's coverage of hyper-tzniut as it spreads around Israel and threatens to come to a Jewish community near you. In a backlash against secularism, extreme modesty has become common in many Jewish circles, with women even being approached in the streets by Haredim who are convinced that wig-wearing women are delaying the arrival of the Messiah.

The women above are adherents of an even more extreme offshoot that is being referred to as a cult by some. In addition to requiring women and girls to wear what amounts to burqas, they also must wear a minimum of 3 layers of clothing and are prohibited from bathing too frequently. They are also encouraged to walk in public attired in this way as often as possible in the belief that the Creator will see the display and bring about the Redemption.

I realize that you may believe I am throwing you a line about a peculiar burqa-wearing Jewish cult. I thought that the concept was absurd the first time I read about it, but you really have to run HERE and check out the latest sect that is shaming women in the name of God.


  1. They are "Jewish". Jews is often seen by "Jewish" people as a derogatory term.

  2. Wouldn't the god hasten the redemption, or whatever, if it saw that people were NOT expressly doing its bidding? You know, in order to satisfy the hell that it created's thirst for souls?

  3. Wow! No problem if they want to wear 3 layers of clothes and hide themselves, but not bathing? Guess that will keep people at arm's length, but wouldn't want to live in their household. And if it were my wife? Might be a bit of a problem procreating.

  4. When you look like a magazine cut-out of where a person should be standing, instead of a person: You have no rights and your religion needs to disappear, before you do.

  5. Actually, I just thought "OMG, Nazguls!".

  6. Monotheists are funny, how alike they are and how much they hate each other.

  7. Uhhh.. worried.
    They appear to be covering their eyes while crossing a road.

  8. To Anon 8:51 Feb 24. As a Jewish person, I should know better. Thank you for checking me and I will try to avoid problematic language in the future.


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