Ultra-Orthodox Jews Blur Women With Modesty Glasses

JERUSALEM — It’s the latest prescription for extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who shun contact with the opposite sex: Glasses that blur their vision, so they don’t have to see women they consider to be immodestly dressed.

In an effort to maintain their strictly devout lifestyle, the ultra-Orthodox have separated the sexes on buses, sidewalks and other public spaces in their neighborhoods. Their interpretation of Jewish law forbids contact between men and women who are not married.

Walls in their neighborhoods feature signs exhorting women to wear closed-necked, long-sleeved blouses and long skirts. Extremists have accosted women they consider to have flouted the code.

Now they’re trying to keep them out of clear sight altogether.

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Categories: Asia, Israel, Judaism, Men, Middle East

4 replies

  1. Well, I read somewhere that ‘the wondering eyes’ of husbands is Nr. 1 cause of fights between couples on holidays. Consequently this should be a ‘best-sellers’, all wives should purchase these glasses for the husband, especially when proceeding on a beach holiday.

  2. Are they really serious? They should rather instil in their women to be modestly dressed. The glasses will rather affect their good eyesight negatively.

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