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Monday, September 23, 2013 

Self-appointed Haredi "missionaries" insult holidaygoers' intellect in Jerusalem

Two Haredi women made people celebrating Succot holiday mad by trying to lecture them, and were eventually driven away from the locations they went to:
Jerusalem residents who went on the town recently, on the eve of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, were surprised to see two ultra-Orthodox women in their 50s touring bars in the city center at around midnight, as part of a spontaneous campaign aimed at convincing young secular women to become religious.

The haredi women were eventually driven away by partygoers after trying to prevent young girls from entering a pub.

Eyewitnesses say the two women walked around the city center carrying bags filled with Psalms and leaflets, which they handed out to young secular women. They asked them to return to their homes, to avoid desecrating the holiday and to dress modestly.
Implying they're pornographic objects, I suppose? That seems to be the MO whenever they babble to non-Haredi women. How they dress is the least concerning. I get the vibe they were more worried about that than drinking at pubs.
Later, they approached young women hanging out on a bar on Yoel Moshe Salomon Street and tried to start a conversation with them. The young women ignored them, but the haredi women continued talking to them against their will. Several men demanded that they leave the place and stop harassing the young women. They walked out, accompanied by partygoers who began filming and taking pictures of them.

The two women tried to start another conversation with other secular women, and one of them even grabbed a young woman by the hand. Some eyewitnesses intervened and tensions began running high, as some began throwing the leaflets at the haredi women and demanding that they leave. The women said they were entitled to continue their activity and threatened to call the police.

Only when they noticed that some people were taking pictures of them, causing a further desecration of the holiday, the two women fled towards the Mea Shearim neighborhood with some of the youngsters chasing them. There were no reports of physical violence in the incident.

"We don’t enter haredi neighborhoods and try to convince them to leave religion, so they shouldn't come to us," complained a young secular man.
Maybe the time has come to persuade them to start leaving the Haredi lifestyle. Then, religion would be a lot more welcome for everybody. They sure aren't helping by trying to convince anybody to become similar to Catholic nuns.

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