The self proclaimed Beit Din of the Orthodox Community of Israel has released a statement warning righteous God fearing Jews against uhm… walking in public with their wives. What was once thought to be an innocuous and harmless activity turns out to be a severe prohibition – anyone that continues in this nefarious activity risks harming himself, his family and all the Jews wherever they live. They cite a new understanding of the Torah as the source for this new insight. But for some reason they don’t cite, you know, chapter and verse. Apparently, when one sees a husband and a wife together one can’t help but imagine them getting jiggy. Especially if the man is bearded and clad in black and the wife is dressed modestly and wearing one of those torpedo shaped hats. Mmmmm… hot! I am being severely sarcastic by the way.
Honestly, I try to be somewhat tolerant of my Haredi brothers (and sisters?) but, you can’t just make up ridiculous stuff like this. Oh wait. You can.
(As in this Beit Din which claims to trace it’s rabbinic smichah pedigree to anshei knesset ha g’dola most definitely pulled this “chumrah” out of their asses. The question that remains unanswered is, if the husband and wife are separated and the husband, because he’s a dick, refuses to give his wife a get and this genius Beit Din can’t help the agunah because while the Torah supposedly has very firm rules in place regarding modesty but nothing about helping a sister out when her husband’s being a dick… in such a case, since they’re not having sex, could a man walk in public with his agunah wife in order to collect cash that he swindled from her and her family in order to maybe grant said divorce?)
h/t Jewish Worker