"Not only is it not a mitzvah, but it's a violation to travel abroad," Rabbi Aviner said. "The exposure in itself isn't modest. A man must be modest and humble; he shouldn't have a video camera follow him and see what he does."
"We're not that modest, and sometimes we take pride and behave in such a certain way as to make an impression. We're not okay and may God have mercy on us," the rabbi said. "But here we see a man who invited the television crews on purpose and they follow him and his every move...that's the opposite of being modest."
Akiva and Anhel Shmuli (Photo: Jackie Yaakov)
The rabbi also told his followers that because immodest people participate in such reality shows, competing in the show it helps it stay on the air and promote it. He therefore referred to participants as "aiding in committing an offence."
"People tell me: 'It'll show how gifted and nice the religious people are and encourage (people) to repent,'" Aviner said. "But first of all, nobody asked to turn anybody religious. And second of all, you should repent first."