The strictly Orthodox sector has established a new modesty court to grant kashrut certificate to women's clothing stores.…
The ultra-Orthodox newspaper Bakehila ('in the community') reported over the weekend that an assembly of rabbis gathered at the home of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, the "great posek" (arbiter of Jewish law) and decided to establish the modesty court.
Court representatives will examine the garments sold in clothes stores and will grant kashrut certificates to worthy vendors.
These same geniuses recently banned women from getting college degrees from any university or college, including Orthodox-controlled institutions. They had women burning their $3000 human hair wigs of Indian because of a false accusation of avoda zara – an allegation previously investigated and found baseless by great rabbis, including Moshe Feinstein. They have taken draconian steps to limit women's exposure to society, while at the same time taking equally Draconian steps to keep men trapped in yeshiva rather than working. Their have made their communities poverty-stricken and dependent on state welfare and the private dole – a dole controlled by these very same rabbis.
This insane power grab is destroying lives and damaging Israel. Rabbi Elyashiv is a dictatorial thug, no different from the worst cult leader or mafioso. In short, he is a criminal who robs children of food, mothers of comfort and fathers of accomplishment. He is a hasid shoteh, a pious fool, and the masses are following him like blind sheep to the abyss.
One day – and may it come very soon – Israel will stop paying the bills of these willfully indigent people, and the private funds distributed by Rabbi Elyashiv and his henchmen will not be enough to cover the bill. Men and women who are untrained and unskilled will need to find work to provide for their families, but there will not be enough jobs or enough renumeration to fill the gap.
Rabbi Elyashiv bets on two things. The first, that the need for haredi votes in Knesset will ensure continuation of the dole, and of the yeshiva draft exemptions that necessitate it. The second is more fundamental. Despite haredi rhetoric to the contrary, Rabbi Elyashiv believes that, in the end, no Jew, no matter how modern, will be able to look at starving Jewish children without sending aid.
But the anger of the non-haredi population rises by they day and, as the state's budget becomes thinner, this large and growing segment of the population, these pious bums who are willfully indigent and dependent on the charity (i.e., the tax dollars) of the rest of Israel is viewed with increasing venom.
One day the spigot will be cut off, and haredi children will starve. When that day comes, do not blame the government or the Zionists – blame Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv and his fellow rabbinic thugs.
Mea Shearim is Jonestown. The only difference is in the speed of death and the number of followers walking blindly toward it.