The state of Purim costumes in Israel: Sexy-blurry edition.

Ah, Purim. It’s quickly approaching. Its various timings fall out on March 7-9 this year.

And as it’s one of Israel’s favorite holidays – kids’ or not – the toy stores have been gearing up around Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh, and the advertisements have been sent in the mail. The brightly colored pages of ‘Purim’ costumes, from the little Disney princess to the gory undead zombie. From the murderous gladiator to the oddly sexy space hero.

Purim, right?

I’m not prude, and I’m not a zealot. I’m just a Jew with a sense of tradition. And this shit is whack, friends.

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On the flip side, some charedi ads feature a host of modest and holiday-themed (or at least, Jewish-relevant) costumes. The national Red Pirate chain is now infamous for this with their recent Bet Shemesh campaign – with girls’ faces blurred out. Girls. As in, pre-teens with cute chubby faces and no clue.

So I think my Purim costume this year is clear: I’ll dress up as my own blurred face.

And if I really want to send a mixed message, I’ll pair the blurred face mask with a sexy zombie nurse costume.



Ynet is the authority on Haredi weddings.

Ynet did it again. This isn’t the second time I’ve noticed the blatant anti-religious fervor that an Israeli newspaper is purposely trying to spread. This is the 328975623th time.

I used to actually enjoy reading Ynet. It was one of the central papers; sitting somewhere between JPost and Haaretz (in English, anyway).

Their credibility has completely been shot as in the last few years it has become repeatedly obvious that Ynet can’t control itself regarding its one-sided commentary on religious and haredi life.

Let me include a disclaimer: I’m no haredi, and I don’t look or act dati leumi. It doesn’t matter what I actually am. I’m a former newspaper reporter and I’m angry at this ridiculous, blatant, one-sided hatred pouring from Ynet’s pages.

This isn’t the best example; there are tons of others. I’m just tired. It’s this essay in Ynet about haredi weddings. Yes, it’s tongue-in-cheek. Yes, it ends in a positive light, if you get to the end and haven’t gotten bored and moved on before that. No, it is not indicated anywhere that it is meant to be humorous or satirical. It falls under the often-infuriating ‘Jewish Life’ column. Why not add a tag at the top that it’s meant to be humor? And why do your Jewish Life columns always focus on either a tiny out-of-context detail related to sections of haredi populations or poking fun at them without explaining truth?

Your audience is mostly secular, Ynet. Why fan flames of distrust, dislike and hatred on a weekly basis? Why not promote understanding, reporting the deeper stories about all kinds of demographics, the stories most Israelis on different sides don’t see?