Tuesday, February 14, 2012
(זהירות - נשים) is B&H hurting our שמירת עינים during שובבי"ם?
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וועלכע נסיונות דארף דער בחור נעבאך אדורכגיין ווען ער גייט אויף די גאס? און ווער שטעלט אים אהן די נסיונות? א חרדי'שע פירמע!
Received via e-mail:
"This is a regular ad posted on a regular phone booth that are common throughout the city. There is nothing noteworthy about it just for the fact that it is clear that such an ad would not have survived in Yerushalayim for one minute. What might be noteworthy is that the ad is displayed in Boro Park, on the main shopping drag passed by, by 1000s of Charedim, with nary a blink from anybody. But that is not what is really noteworthy; the fact that B&H is probably the largest photo store in the US and is owned and operated by a staunch Satmar Chasid while employing 100's of Hasidic men and women, and is probably sending a good deal of money to the sikrikim to keep Yerushalayim clean - that is noteworthy. But here in the good ol' USA is not only the ad, but the school itself. I think it has a lot to do with how frum people in the rest of the world look at public space. We enjoy the freedoms of America but we don't feel a sense of owners and baalbatishkeit. But in Eretz Yisroel? we might not be Zionist but Zionist enough to feel free to exercise the power of our spitting and more. Most Charedim don't see the dichotomy, what gives?"