No Queen Esther in Purim costume ads - Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews

   Israel News

Israel News
World News
Israel Opinion
Israel Business
Israel Culture
Israel Travel
In Name of Modesty

Girls' costumes sold in stores Photo: Eli Mandelbaum
Girls' costumes sold in stores Photo: Eli Mandelbaum

No Queen Esther in Purim costume ads

Haredi press deletes pictures of girls dressed up for Jewish holiday from toy store advertisements

Kobi Nahshoni
Published: 02.23.13, 09:11 / Israel Jewish Scene

What does one do in order to avoid blurring the faces of little girls in Purim costume ads? Very simple: Show boys only.


After being criticized in recent years for concealing girls' faces for "modesty reasons" or replacing them with dolls, this year some Israeli toy stores have decided to completely remove pictures of girls from their advertisements.


Going too Far?
Rabbi issues modesty rules from age 3 / Kobi Nahshoni
In new dress code, Rabbi Shlomo Aviner says women must avoid wearing red, put on 40 denier stockings, keep their hair tied into braid
Full story
Ads published by some chains in ultra-Orthodox newspapers in recent weeks are surprisingly missing costumes which were included in their ads in the past, although these costumes are still on sale.


For example, the biblical matriarch Rachel and even Queen Esther are absent from the ads this year, as part of an ongoing trend in the haredi media not to publish pictures of women or feminine clothing items.

בשנה שעברה הבנות טושטשו (במודעה למעלה) - והשנה הן נעלמו לגמרי

Last year, girls were blurred (upper photo) – this year, they're gone


Religious Jews belonging to moderate factions are protesting the haredi press' radicalization, which they say has reached the "exclusion of four-year-old girls," but are also criticizing ads showing young girls in revealing costumes in the general press, which they say "border on pornography."


Religious-Zionist movement Ne'emanei Torah Va'Avodah, for example, responded cynically to the two extreme phenomena: "It appears that there are those who prefer to read only the parts related to Ahasuerus' feasts in the Book of Esther, while on the other hand there are those who completely hide Esther.


"The despicable treatment of women, on both sides, strengthens extremism and creates a public domain which ranges between over-conservatism and over-permissiveness. The public is responsible for designing a road in the middle, which respects human beings and does not see them as an object."



commentcomment   PrintPrint  Send to friendSend to friend   
Tag with Bookmark to

30 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks
Please wait for the talkbacks to load


RSS RSS | About | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of use | Advertise with us | Site Map

Site developed by  YIT Advanced Technology Solutions