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Beit Shemesh Beastliness: Two Questions and an early New Year’s Resolution

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1.  Watching YouTube clips of so-called chareidim lining up in the last few weeks and days to bellow bestially at young girls going to and from school – in protest at their holy neighbourhood (which the school isn’t in) being sullied by the immodesty of short socks for five-year olds, has made me ask myself two questions and form an early pre-Rosh Hashanah resolution.

2.  Question No. 1: How can these people seriously think that behaving like this is consistent with adherence to anything worth calling a religion?

3.  Question No.2: If these men are meant to be chasidim, where are their Rebbeim, why don’t they know what their followers are up to, and if they do know it why don’t they or can’t they stop it?

4.  New Year’s Resolution: Bli neder, I do not intend to give a single penny to any individual or organisation who asks for charity unless and until they sign the following declaration with which I will present them: “I unequivocally condem the behaviour of those so-called chareidim who bellow bestially at the schoolgirls of Orot, Beit Shemesh on their way to and from school; I acknowledge that this behaviour demonstrates apalling moral delinquency and utter spiritual bankruptcy; and I encourage this declaration, with my signature, to be brought to the attention of those gedolei Torah who are meant to be the leaders of these disgusting animals.”  Those seeking a donation will have to sign the declaration and append their names, addresses and sectarian affiliation.

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Written by Daniel Greenberg

September 11, 2011 at 9:27 pm

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  1. In answer to your question of “who are their Rebbeim”, they make up their own rules, adhering to the precept of “asei lecho rav” – make yourself a rav.

    I’m not currently collecting for charity but I’d be happy to sign your declaration.

    Daniel Ehreich

    September 12, 2011 at 8:44 am

  2. Also, if collectors are capable of understanding your declaration they may point out that condemn is spelled with an ‘n’.

    No need to publish this one!

    Daniel Ehreich

    September 12, 2011 at 8:45 am

  3. In answer to question 1 and in support of the esteemed Mr Daniel Ehreich, their behaviour is sadly consistent with the religion that they have created for themselves. One might add that it may be somewhat hard for them to think whilst unsuitably attired in clothes appropriate for the Polish winter.
    In addition, in the words of another esteemed member of my family, if these unfortunate extremists have time to stand on street corners leering at little girls, they should be immediately sent to the army for a year or two of basic training.

    Esther Maurer

    September 12, 2011 at 10:06 am

  4. Condemn is spelled with two ‘n’s. I’ll sign your declaration also.

    Grammar Geek

    January 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm


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