Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Burkas are here

Some Jewish women in Israel have finally began to wear burkas, like their neighboring Muslimahs. Its not quite like a real burka. You can see pictures and read more about it at Mom in Israel's post.

Personally, I have nothing against burkas or Jewish women wearing them --as long as it was an informed choice and its not something they will impose on others.

(h/t to JDJ)

An Addition (and correction) from a commentor:

Shalom,

just wanted to point out, the pics on the other blog, its not a burka. Burka is the garment that covers the whole body, face and eyes. Its what you might commonly see women wear in afganistan (if you've ever seen pics of women from there).

the jewish women in those pics look like their wearing either overhead jilbab or just normal jilbab (dress) and headscarf.

from muslim observor :)

8 comments:

Tr8erGirl said...

hmmm - my opinion only...but it seems a bit extreme...

Mes Deux Cents said...

Hi Miriam,

I linked to this post. Visit when you can and let me know what you think.

Anonymous said...

Shalom,

just wanted to point out, the pics on the other blog, its not a burka. Burka is the garment that covers the whole body, face and eyes. Its what you might commonly see women wear in afganistan (if you've ever seen pics of women from there).

the jewish women in those pics look like their wearing either overhead jilbab or just normal jilbab (dress) and headscarf.

from muslim observor :)

Miriam said...

Anonymous, Thanks for the lesson.

Ehav Ever said...

The women in the pictures are dressed similar to the way that some Jewish women dressed in the Middle East. The style is a little different, but if you look at photos of some of the Teimani women from Sana, Yemen you will see some similarities. Especially, those who wear the Gargush.

Miriam said...

Ehav - although it seem to bother lots of folks, I actually don't care that they choose to dress that way. However her not talking (speech fast) and other behaviors seem a bit strange to me.

SephardiLady said...

Late and jumping in, but what about the prohibition of chukat goyim, etc. Mitzvah b'aveirah, possibly?

The Sephardi Safari said...

I don't know that chukat hagoy necessarily applies. We are commanded not to follow the secular crowd regarding what is fashionable (try enforcing that these days...) but I don't know that it's a problem with something like a burka or hijab, which are decidedly UNfashionable.

Orthodox men wear standard business suits, apparently without violating chukat hagoy. Same thing with women wearing dresses purchased at retail outlets.

The Sephardi world seems to have less of a problem with this stricture; The Ben Ish Hai in his instructions on morning conduct gives a complete guide for the order in which a man is expected to dress himself - including his inner robe, cummerbund-like midriff band, outer robe and turban. The Baghdadi Jewish man dressed just like his Arab neighbors. But again, this was everyday dress, not "following the latest fashion fad".