Williamsburg Rabbis Push Summer Tank Top Ban

Old-world beliefs are alive and well in Williamsburg, mostly the province of superficial young people these days, but also still a neighborhood with large pockets of religious families. The Central Rabbinical Congress, a group of leading Hasidic rabbis, has kicked off a poster campaign in South Williamsburg recommending "women to avoid wearing tank tops, T-shirts, and clingy dresses." The signs are entirely in Hebrew except for the words "tank tops."

WPIX, via The L Magazine reports that, "A Williamsburg neighborhood modesty group has also reportedly been pressuring women not to speak on cell phones in public and to cross the street when they see a man walking in the opposite direction."

There's no accounting for religious rules and beliefs, but the public campaign seems to be a strange step considering that the pious, who likely already know the rules, could probably be reminded inside the home or face-to-face by church leadership. "This is America," as one local resident reminded us.

As far as community outreach, this is about on par with deleting Hillary Clinton from the newspaper.

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]

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CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

One person is going to tell williamsburg  you can;t wear tank tops? That is better then walking on the streeets topless with all the perverts. this is just too damm funny>!!

Bruce Leibowitz
Bruce Leibowitz

Why are people surprised? Groups of ultra-fanatic religious relics from another era are all the same. I have no problem with them controlling their own flocks, but they can whistle before society has to cow down to their standards. Just remember that Orthodox Jews do not have a monopoly on this type of narrow minded stupidity, and this is actually less offensive to me than the ultra-fanatic Christian relics preaching that "God hates fornication and Gays and Lesbians" outside the 42nd St. and 6 Avenue train station regularly.

I chuckle that "Maybe there should be a law banning ALL religious meddling in the affairs of Normal People!"

Benweinstein8347
Benweinstein8347

These people are not really Jewish. Please don't be fooled that they represent anything having do to with real Judaism. They are a "shonda"!

Doneym
Doneym

That's nice.  And what are the new rules for MEN's dress and behavioral accommodations when they see a woman walking down the street in the other direction?  My suggestion:  on your way across the street, please jump in front of a bus.

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

WOW!  Cant wear tank top williamburg rabbis say's   but you can go topless in other places in nyc  this is just too funny.

Adolph Schickelgruber
Adolph Schickelgruber

Could these people give us any more reason to dislike them? The first amendment means you can worship as you please, not make others do as they are told.

Al_Swearengen
Al_Swearengen

Well, if you don't, their invisible sky-buddy is going to get really mad and do something all invisibly-like.

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