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Friday, February 14, 2014 

Haredis call on their communities to stop wearing IDF costumes for Purim

As the Haredi leaders step up their opposition to army service, they show it by objecting to Purim costumes based on Israeli military outfits:
A report that appeared in Israel Hayom on Tuesday about ultra-Orthodox rabbis and educators instructing their students and followers in the haredi community to refrain from dressing up as Israel Defense Forces soldiers for Purim, continued to make waves on Wednesday.

Behind the Purim directive, unsurprisingly, were rabbis hailing from the more radical haredi streams, who issued a statement: "As we stand today in the face of this terrible edict to enlist the men of Israel and enter them into the melting pot of the army and national service, and because soon Purim will be upon us, days in which the children of Israel dress up in costumes, we hereby appeal to parents to forbid allowing their children from dressing as soldiers, police, etc., for the purpose of maintaining distance from them and what they represent."
Surprisingly, they're not against wearing costumes based on USA and UK military outfits, making the IDF outfits a peculiar exception. I guess this means that, this year's holiday, not many Haredi children will be seen celebrating with those kind of costumes. Sad they're letting their foolish biases get the better of their interests in holidays.

A writer for the Cleveland Jewish News said that Haredis need to embrace all of Israeli life. The best way to do that is to break away from those selfish rabbis who're giving their communities bad names.

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