You Can Take This Niqab And…

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So here is the quote of the day (compliments of the Wall Street Journal)…


From a woman fleeing the inhumane treatment in Mosul by ISIS religious terrorists:

“I want to take this niqab and stuff it down the throat of ISIS.”


I’ve now read over and over again how one of the first things the women do, who get away from these ruthless fanatics, is to remove their confining “religious”-mandated garb that covers them so fully and put on normal clothes and be free human beings again.


While I certainly and highly respect women who freely and modestly cover up–especially in marriage–it is abhorrent to violently force women to dress a certain way or make them in any way lessor than or subservient to men. 


The women under ISIS are taught to be ashamed, when they have nothing to be ashamed about!


ISIS and these other radical Islamists that force their distorted version of religion on others goes like this when it comes to women:


“It is permitted to buy her, sell her, and give her away as a gift. They are just a possession and you can do whatever you want with them.”  In their FAQS, they even ask, “Can I have sex with a slave who hasn’t reached puberty?”


Yet, while they are having sex with abducted pubescent and pre-pubescent girls, they force women to stay at home, and they are not allowed to go out unless accompanied by a man (forget education, working, driving or traveling). 


Even at home, “Woman are cautioned to stay away from rooftops, balconies, and windows so they wouldn’t be seen by outsiders.”


And should a women be accused of sex outside of marriage–even when the women are the ones forcibly (gang) raped–they are the ones subject to death by public stoning for their being licentious. 


Are these “religious” fanatics with guns so weak that they fear sexual temptation more than they trust in the bonds of family, personal righteousness, and the ability of people to freely choose right from wrong?


Imagine…as they abduct and enslave women and children, rape them, sell them, and force them into bogus marriages, starve and torture them, these people actually think they are religious. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

A Matter Of Hair

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I saw these ladies crossing the street in downtown DC.


The standout here was obviously the hair!


The girl on the left had Barbie pink hair. 


The one on the right had blond dyed hair with the roots showing. 


And the lady in the middle had two-tone hair, with brown on one side and blond on the other (now that was really different). 


This reminded me of the hippies’ hairstyle in terms of the perhaps rebellious nature of the style. 


In Judaism, I remember learning that hair is like the crown on a person’s head, and for modesty, the custom is for married women to cover their beautiful hair–it is only something that gets shown/shared with her husband as part of their intimacy. 


Hair can say a lot, especially if you are fortunate enough to still have some (lol). 


It can be uncombed and messy like a mad professor’s, finely brushed and cared for like Trump’s, or even transplanted to cover the onset of unwanted bald spots.


Like a horse’s or lion’s mane, hair frame’s a person and can make the plain or even unsightly, more attractive and desirable; at the same time, if not properly cared for and groomed, it can make a person look disheveled and even crazy.


Of course, hair is just what tops off the person and is only skin deep, so looks (including hair) can be defining or oh, so deceiving.


Hair or hairless, groomed or gross–it’s a reflection and a statement of how we’re looking to each other. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Modesty And Privacy Of Body and Information

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So modesty and privacy is very important in terms of propriety and security.


Both are intimately connected. 


Already as children, we learn not to show or talk about our “privates” to others. 


And as adults, we understand that there are certain things about ourselves that we don’t just talk about or divulge to others indiscriminately. 


Not being discrete with these and showing either your private parts or your personal information can get you in a load of trouble by giving others the opportunity to take undue advantage of you. 


Both open you up to be ridiculed or even raped of your person or information identity. 


That which is yours to use with others in propriety is instead disclosed for taking out from your control and for use against you. 


Security demands modesty of body and of information, and if not taken seriously, then no amount of lame covering will keep that which is private from public consumption. 😉

Some Nice Hats For Shabbat

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Just some fashion festive before Shabbat.


Suggestions for some nice hats for Jewish ladies who cover their hair in synagogue or out. 


I don’t think these were designed for that purpose, but it just made me think that it does the trick.


Modesty before G-d and for the sanctification of marriage. 


It’s a nice Jewish custom that seems holy and beautiful. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

How Men And Women Sit

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This was funny-sad on the train in Washington, D.C. 


This couple–a man and women–are sitting together. 


The man (on the right) is completely sprawling out.


The women (on the left) is squishing almost off the seat.


So what is it with men–a testosterone, macho thing–exerting sexuality, power, and dominance–or it is just carelessness and callousness in how to treat women?


For women–is it reticence and modesty or are they accepting being mistreated or even abused? 


People’s weight aside, it seems that men and women should each be given their own and equal space on the Metro or otherwise in life. 


This presumed gender power struggle is not a good thing–love should be equal in feeling, giving, and in time, and space. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

A Person’s Beauty

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I took this photo yesterday of a mannequin that shows off her hair. 


It’s amazing what hair does for a person.


I remember learning in Yeshiva that hair is considered the crown on a person’s head. 


People go through all sorts of time and expense to keep their hair, grow it out, clean it, and style it.


Often not having hair means that person is sick and on heavy doses of medication or chemotherapy that makes their hair fall out. 


People put on wigs or other head coverings for religious piety, modesty, and to consecrate themselves to G-d and/or their beloved–so that only they should see it–as something special between them. 


Sometimes, a person’s hair is cut off to dehumanize them like the Nazi’s did to the Jews and as happens to other prisoners. 


Also, when people go to the military, they are given a crew cut to take away their hair and individuality while they learn to conform and be obedient to their chain of command. 


Often in fights, people grab and pull a person by their hair to control and hurt them. 


But mostly, hair is soft, sensual and looks good on a person (except when it doesn’t)–generally, it evokes youth, vibrance, freedom, and sexuality. 


Of course beauty is only skin deep, but the hair is truly the majestic crown that G-d gave us. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Fashion As Art

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I took this photo today in Washington, D.C.–although it seemed for a moment like I was magically transported to downtown Beijing. 


What an stunning outfit this lady is wearing!


Fashionable yet modest, with brilliant colors, and contrasting patterns and solids–more like art than clothing. 


She is walking with a complete fluid grace–even while she’s reading on her smartphone. 


Don’t tell Dossy–Oh, she’s right here! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)