Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Collection Of Weird Haredi Stories

The Living:

New haredi eyeglasses marketed in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem are meant to blur vision to prevent men from seeing women on the street.

The new glasses blur the vision of the men who wear them, so these men cannot clearly see anything ten feet or more away, Yediot Achranot's Hebrew website Mynet reports. For men who already wear regular glasses, the company offers stickers which can cover the lenses to create the necessary blur.
The glasses and lense stickers are being marketed specifically to help men avoid seeing 'immodestly' dressed women on the street.
* Late edit - After I posted this story yesterday, I've slightly had a change of heart. In truth, no one has ever seen a Haredi Man wearing these glasses. As such, all liklihood is that this is the brain child of a single person - and not representative of any real "haredi" chumrah. This is more a case of everyone - myself included - being too quick to jump on a weird story. 

The Dead:

A haredi man who died eight years ago was exhumed from his grave last Thursday and reburied on the Mount of Olives, because his children felt the people buried next to him had not been sufficiently observant of Jewish law to allow their father to be buried alongside them.

According to the haredi news website Be’hadrei Haredim, the family received permission from several leading rabbis to rebury the man – including the late Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, a week before he was hospitalized in February this year.

Clearly those buried next to the Haredi Man were not wearing their Tzniut Glasses. 

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