Not too long ago, I had my first abaya-sighting.
For the first time, I saw one of the followers of veil advocate Rabbanit Bruria Keren decked out in
hijab sal and abaya…in Boro Park, walking down 13th Avenue with her friend, chatting and schmoozing in frumspeak.
The first thing I thought to myself was, “Oh no, they’re here. They’re here in Boro Park.”
And like I say on thisisbabylon.net, I think this, the recent haredi ban on concerts which was passed in New York, and the recent spate of rock throwing at “immodest” storefronts in Brooklyn are all related events. (You can imagine how I feel about the concert ban.) Things like this make me wonder what the future holds for religious Jews.
I’d say that I wonder what the future holds “for Orthodox Jews”, but I just read about one Conservative woman who related on an Emirati forum about how she had also recently taken on hijab and jilbab, as she feels “it is more in keeping with what Jews would have worn at the time of the Torah”.
The British Times Online ran a story this past Friday profiling two “women of the veil” from Beit Shemesh, part of a group numbering about 100 now in the city. One of the women, “M”, apparently incensed that people were viewing her and other Jews as adopting Muslim customs, said flatly:
â€œMuslim women are imitating Jews to try to gain G-dâ€™s favour with modesty. The truth is that the women of Israel are lessening in G-dâ€™s eyes because the Arabs are more modest in dress. If the Jews want to conquer the Arabs in this land they must enhance their modesty.”
So now not only are concert bans being recycled and imported from Meah Shearim, the veil is here in New York, too? (Just in time for Purim?)