Burqa Babes in Israel

Back in January, Y-Love discussed the issue of Jewish women in the Israeli town of Bet Shemesh taking the concept of modesty so seriously that they started wearing Islamic style burqas – a garment worn head to toe by Muslim women which covers every inch of their bodies. Of course this is a serious issue and merits thoughtful discussion, religious women are encouraged (to say the least) to dress modestly, but most people believe that this development is an affront, overkill if you will.

And then Purim rolled along and we got a treat: a funny Purim video that transcends the holiday! What does life in Beit Shemesh, Israel look like for Jewish women clad in burqas? Watch this hilarious video and find out!

All bow down to Jameel at the Muqata who blogged this first!

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  1. Jack

    3/24/2008 at 7:08 pm

    Directed by: Ribbono S. Olam

    =D =D

  2. themiddle

    3/24/2008 at 7:33 pm

    Uh, could you shorten it by about 4 minutes?

  3. ck

    3/24/2008 at 9:39 pm

    Uh could you blow me? Everyone’s a critic!

  4. Leah

    3/24/2008 at 9:41 pm

    My favorite detail was the Laverne & Shirley letter on each burqa.

  5. themiddle

    3/24/2008 at 11:00 pm


  6. ck

    3/24/2008 at 11:27 pm

    Just kidding TM!

  7. Sara E.

    3/25/2008 at 3:36 am

    Sorry, middle…we owe you 4 minutes of your time. write it down somehwere.

  8. froylein

    3/25/2008 at 6:29 am

    Sara, don’t worry; from a certain age on people get that way. It’s a very funny clip BTW.

  9. Sara E.

    3/25/2008 at 7:04 am


  10. romolio

    3/25/2008 at 7:11 am

    cant articulate it, but this seems kinda offensive

  11. urban gypsy

    3/25/2008 at 9:40 am

    hilarious! the best part was the choice of soundtrack 😀

  12. themiddle

    3/25/2008 at 10:01 am

    Oh damn, now I’ve gone and offended the maker of the piece herself. I’m sorry, Sara, if I offended. As you can see, everybody else likes it just fine, except for Romolio who would like to be offended.

  13. Esther

    3/25/2008 at 10:47 am

    Based on the number of minutes we spend here in a given year (or month or week), I don’t think anyone needs to worry about themiddle’s theminutes. (Great band name, like “Herman’s Hermits.”)

    It’s a really fun clip. I really appreciated the drama of the coffee-drinking scene, which really sold me, because if you can’t drink coffee at Aroma, there’s no point. Where can I get my Jewish burqa with an embroidered E on the lapel?

    Also, outstanding use of music…from “Desperate Housewives,” all the way to the end.

  14. Sara E.

    3/25/2008 at 11:15 am

    Not offended at all!!! Shocked actually at all the views. Can’t articulate it, but was just concerned about you feeling that you wasted your time.
    BTW – UG – tx for noticing. took our cue from tarantino (lihavdil, not that we touch his holy ankles) who said in an interview once that he chooses a soundtrack in his head first, and then writes a movie around it.

  15. froylein

    3/25/2008 at 11:17 am

    Sara, I hope to get to see more clips by you. Pleeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaase!

  16. Sara E.

    3/25/2008 at 11:17 am

    ditto tx for you esther…we were posting at the same time i guess.

  17. Sara E.

    3/25/2008 at 11:23 am

    froy – this was our debut. as we are all mothers of four, five or six and all hold full or part time jobs, i think we may have to wait till next purim for another one. bad news for me, b/c it was way too much fun running around BS in a burqa for a day.

  18. froylein

    3/25/2008 at 11:25 am

    Be sure of us welcoming you with arms wide-open. 🙂

  19. themiddle

    3/25/2008 at 12:06 pm

    Esther is my social director, not to mention my conscience. If she says the “wasted” 4 minutes are nothing to worry about, please assume she’s right. By the way, the burqas completely hide the fact that you’ve all had 4, 5 or 6 children, not to mention the puffy eyes from also having to work!

  20. Y-Love

    3/25/2008 at 12:29 pm

    I didn’t even watch the movie because I think you’re missing the horrible tragedy in the Muqata post – the anonymous comment from 3/24/2008 at 11:42 pm:

    “:) lol grate vid. I live in Ramat beit shemsh and often see these ladies around witch gives me the creeps and jut makes me shake my head. Ive seen many od thme in rbs b”

    He/she sees them “often” in Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet. Many of them. I’m telling y’all — this trend is on the rise like chometz.

  21. froylein

    3/25/2008 at 12:35 pm

    Y-Love, that’s why it’s even more imoportant to support and encourage women like Sara and her friends.

  22. Sara E.

    3/25/2008 at 12:41 pm

    that’s probably the real reason people wear them. tznius, shmius.

  23. Jack

    3/26/2008 at 1:40 am

    Tha Waffle Master knows all.

  24. ck

    3/26/2008 at 4:29 am

    Don’t toy with me Jack. I want those f*cking waffles.

  25. Sara E.

    3/26/2008 at 5:45 am

    Y-love – u r right – this is a tragic phenomenon, altho it is a self- imposed tragedy which we felt begged a spoof. (And I’m not sure the trend is on the rise; I am far more worried about many other more pervasive aspects of Orthodoxy.)

    …However it is even more tragic than we realized when making the vid…see
    not sure if this means our clip had amazing – or really terrible – timing.

    What is all this talk about carbs?

  26. Chutzpah

    3/26/2008 at 9:24 am

    VERY WELL DONE! Ribbono S. Olam can waste my 4 minutes anytime! Soundtrack was awesome!

    BUT, it is important to keep SERIOUS discussion of extremism and fanaticism going in a respectful manner (as difficult as that may be… “I’m too sexy”…ROTFL!)

    If I see this trend arise in Plifton, I’m moving to a nude beach in Costa Rica and my kids can join me when they graduate Yeshiva.

  27. Tom Morrissey

    3/26/2008 at 10:36 am

    Chutzpah, don’t think there are any naked beaches in Costa Rica. Gotta steer clear of them Catholic countries if you’re interested in that pursuit.

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  29. Chutzpah

    3/27/2008 at 7:36 am

    Venezula? Eilat? Jamaica? Anyplace warm & sunny with good seafood and adoring young men? I’ll wear a cover-up if I have to.

  30. JSinger

    3/27/2008 at 3:45 pm

    Wearing your handbag strap across the chest of your burqa isn’t tzanua…

  31. Lorri

    3/27/2008 at 4:05 pm

    Someone remind me again why men don’t have to dress modestly. Something about jogging shorts and weenies bouncing around…

  32. Gila

    3/28/2008 at 10:35 am

    Yo–who were the jogging hotties?


    Loved loved loved the clip.

  33. Lorri

    3/28/2008 at 11:21 pm

    Um…did you see the video?

  34. Judy

    4/4/2008 at 11:18 am

    so, it’s OK to show your legs, just not the rest of your body?
    Thought it was a funny video, but sure am glad I’m not all buried under wraps. LOL

  35. Mickey Oberman

    4/5/2008 at 12:26 am

    I am not offended – just BORED to tears.

    What a waste of time.

  36. Eliyahu-san

    4/7/2008 at 3:23 pm

  37. Will

    3/16/2009 at 8:26 am

    This is nothing new. The burka actually predates islam by many centuries….Might be tough for a lot of israelis to acknowledge this but there you go…just an example


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