Cycle of Violence
Lately, Jerusalem has been rocked by rioting Haredim out to protest various secular behaviors that they don’t approve of. Avid readers of this blog are no doubt already aware of this fact, since I’ve written about it before.
People sometimes say that such problems with the ultra-Orthodox trying to impose their lifestyle on their fellow men are typically Israeli, and that abroad they would never do such a thing because of darkei shalom — or because they just wouldn’t dare to.
Well, it turns out that the Hasidim of Williamsburg, New York, either don’t care that much about the ways of peace — or maybe they just have bigger balls than others.
Heeb Magazine reports that these New Yorkers protest the existence of bike lanes on the streets leading through their neighborhood. Not that biking is against Halakhah per se, but rather because some bike-riders are so immodestly dressed. This, apparently, poses an existential threat to the whole Hasidic community.
The whole report can, and should, be read here.