by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths … All images in this article © Yaakov Naumi/Flash90
A discussion of a photo by Yaakov Naumi.
This chassidic charedi man is wearing a partial blindfold, so he can only look down (not to trip). He’s at the airport.
There is a holy strict Jewish custom called Shemiras Aynayim, which literally means “guarding ones eyes” – meaning one shouldn’t see things that are inappropriate. Generally this means things like one shouldn’t go to a mixed beach or look at women while walking down the street.
A practice of Jewish mystics, a small subsect of certain chassidim practice this by literally partially blindfolding themselves whenever going out into public.
Anon 1 commented: Is it okay for me to say: Bah Humbug.
They remind me of talli banas. all bananas
Anon UK commented: he's not being violent or aggressive. But he is, by wearing this weird eye covering, indicating that ALL women have the potential to be seductresses and invite impure thoughts every time they are seen by a man - kind of insulting both sexes I feel.
Anon 3 commented: Geez he can get tempted so easily by just looking at a woman??!! Jewish women too do not cover their faces… Yes he is like Tali bananas... not by throwing acid, but by acting like females are like temptresses waiting to make man fall in sin.
I’m always surprised at people’s reaction to such things. Frankly, if a guy wants to walk around with a bag on this head, what do you care? If he feels that makes him more religious or more holy, again, what do you care? If this guy was walking around New York City or San Francisco, and the bag on his head was purple, you’d just say “well, yes, people have the freedom to be stupid or weird or whatever they consider fashionable”.
But because he says this is for a Jewish reason, and because YOU disagree with his approach to Judaism, suddenly he’s Taliban-ish? I wonder if I wrote “he doesn’t want to look at women because he doesn’t want to break his attraction to MEN” if anyone would have dared to comment.
He’s following HIS path to holiness. It’s not my way, but it’s not an aberrant form of Judaism. It is a personal choice and is affecting no one else. So what’s wrong with that?