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    Unveiled: the Israeli women in burkas

    31January 2008t

    By Michal Levertov in Tel Aviv]
    Modesty among some strictly Orthodox women can now mean wearing 10 skirts and seven robes.


    A new ultra-modest fashion among some strictly Orthodox Israelis, in which women wear several layers of skirts, robes, scarves and veils and avoid talking to men other than their husbands, is creating a storm of controversy among the countrys religious communities.

    The unofficial leader of the trend, often practised in defiance of husbands and in the face of rabbinical reluctance, is Bruria Keren, who lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh, an strictly Orthodox neighbourhood south-west of Jerusalem.

    In a rare interview, Mrs Keren recently told the Maariv newspaper: The Holy Mothers and the women of Jerusalem used to wrap their bodies and to hide their faces. It is even written in the Torah that Tamar did not see the face of Judah since she was covered.

    The Torah does not change. The body should be concealed so its shape wont be seen. The face and the body-shape of a woman might be an obstacle to men. The more layers of clothes, the womens modesty is higher regarded.]

    Rebbetzin Keren, a mother-of-ten and a practitioner of alternative medicine, devotes much of her time to silence and prayer, but is also a charismatic preacher to her growing flock.

    Her outfit consists of 10 thick skirts, seven long robes, five kerchiefs knotted at the chin, three knotted at the back of the head, and her face hidden behind a knitted linen veil

    The whole costume is covered head-to-toe by several thin shawls. According to Maariv, Rebbetzin Kerens community consists of about 50 followers in Beit Shemesh, 70 in Jerusalem, and dozens more in Safed and in the Orthodox settlements of Beitar Illit and Elad

    But such extreme devotion does not appeal to the Orthodox establishment, in spite of its own support for tzniut, or modesty.

    According to the Haaretz newspaper, the Rabbinical Court in Jerusalem forced a couple to a divorce even though the husband appealed for a matrimonial reconciliation because the woman was totally covered by a veil. They also awarded custody to the husband, in spite of his wifes complaints of violence, and issued a warrant for a psychiatric examination for her

    One of Mrs Kerens closest disciples, a convert to Judaism known only as Anne, told Maariv she hopes that men will demand that their wives would wear the robes and the veil. That in a few years all the men in the Orthodox public would discover the sweetness of the clothes layers and the modesty that is behind the veil

    The women apparently do not feel any solidarity with their Muslim counterparts.

    Another follower interviewed by the newspaper, Miriam, 32, said: People are asking: Who is it? A Muslim? An Arab? But there are people in the Orthodox public who insult us, and that hurts us most. Only an Orthodox person knows what an insult it is for a woman to be told that shes a Christian or an Arab

    Professor Tamar Elor, a scholar of Charedi society at Jerusalems Hebrew University, told the JC that there was a strong element of feminine defiance in the phenomenon

    The decision over the modesty issue, and obsessive discussion about the body, was all in the hands of the rabbis

    And here, the women took over it and brought it to the edge, just like a former trend in which women gave birth to more children than their spouse wanted]

    [Its as if they say, If thats my expertise Ill excel at it. Thus, they move the power to their own hands

    ویرایش توسط tasneem : ۱۳۸۶/۱۱/۲۴ در ساعت ۰۷:۴۰
    دم ز راه و رسم سلمان می زنیم
    لاف اسلام و مسلمان می زنیم
    کاشکی از نسل سلمان می شدیم
    لحظه ای،یکدم، مسلمان می شدیم

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