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Published on: June 16, 2012 10:30 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - “Dear Jew: You are entering a dangerous place. Shield your eyes.”

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That’s the Hebrew-language text on a huge billboard that an Orthodox group has paid to post alongside a Brooklyn highway.

The “dangerous place” is Manhattan. The danger isn’t specified, but it’s clear they’re not talking about muggings.

Presumably directed at ultra-Orthodox Jews traveling to Manhattan for work, the billboard is sponsored by an organization called the Congregation of Yad Moshe, which appears to have ties to New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

There’s no explanation on the stop sign red billboard, but the message is clear: Manhattan is unkosher. Stay in Brooklyn.


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 Jun 16, 2012 at 10:36 PM Anonymous Says:

Brooklyn is glatt kosher!

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 Jun 16, 2012 at 10:41 PM post4 Says:

They pay rent for that. so they have the right to do whatever they want

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 Jun 16, 2012 at 10:42 PM BenZvi Says:

Now you wake up? The billboard is down already for a week.
Only to be replaced with 5 different Lipa poses.

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 Jun 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM Anonymous Says:

They should have such posters also on the subway.

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 Jun 16, 2012 at 10:50 PM Materetsky Says:

They are right. As someone (a woman) who spends a lot of time in Manhattan usually not be choice, I see disgusting things definitely not by choice. You have to look at the sidewalk sometimes!

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 Jun 16, 2012 at 10:56 PM heeb Says:

Excellent idea! Brilliant! One of the best community services ever!!!! I am proud to be a frum jew!!!!!!! Next should be a sign that being honest is a minhag, maybe that will cause people to be straight!

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 Jun 16, 2012 at 10:57 PM menachemwh Says:

Does anyone know the definition of chilul hashem anymore?

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 Jun 16, 2012 at 10:59 PM Walter Says:

ye cause brooklyn is sooo kosher... NOT

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 Jun 16, 2012 at 11:06 PM LouKay Says:

The world is a dangerous place so are we supposed to live blindfolded?

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 Jun 16, 2012 at 11:06 PM LionofZion Says:

More wasted Yiddishe Gelt.

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 Jun 16, 2012 at 11:10 PM UseYourHead Says:

And tomorrow we'll find out that Congregation Yad Moshe has commercial real estate interests in Brooklyn . . . (or maybe not, but this doesn't smell right).

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 Jun 16, 2012 at 11:15 PM NYC_er Says:

I did not see the sign anymore on Friday.

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 Jun 16, 2012 at 11:20 PM YidelfromBP Says:

Why is VIN posting this so late?

The Bill Boars is down already for 5 days?

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 Jun 16, 2012 at 11:25 PM username Says:

Brooklyn's no place for a frum Jew either.

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 Jun 16, 2012 at 11:41 PM eich Says:

Its time to stop these nonsense and shut up!! Its just enough what's going on internally, no need to advertise all the mashigasen, its only increasing anti semetism, instead let the rabunim preach for the communitys (in the right way)

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 Jun 16, 2012 at 11:44 PM Floridian Says:

Maybe the sign is referring to the internet? No where on that billboard does it say Manhattan. Am I missing something?

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 12:22 AM live and let live Says:

whoever posted that sign paid (lots of $$$$) for it so who cares? we live in a free country and ad agencies are alive and well.

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 12:24 AM Anonymous Says:

where did it say Manhattan on that sign? all it said was guard your eyes. if that's important enough to someone to spend on, why should it bother anyone

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 12:28 AM maffia Says:

18 very well said maskim utzum to you avu kumt arein mishkav zachor vitriol you must be one track minded or something you see a man and automatically think hes gay

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 12:39 AM Anonymous Says:

Take a walk on the wild side.

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 12:43 AM crock-pot Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

They should have such posters also on the subway.

I think they should post unkosher also on the mikva and on the toilets in Rodney street.

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 12:48 AM zalee Says:

He might be wrong in regard to catching AIDS, but he is absolutely correct that gay waiters are abhorrent, and make patrons uncomfortable.

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 01:01 AM Anonymous Says:

I just passed by its not there anymore

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 01:36 AM esther Says:

homophobia is an invented term.it's meant to cast as evil those who feel homosexuality is wrong. i suppose that makes the torah homophobic.

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 01:44 AM Materetsky Says:

Reply to #8  
menachemwh Says:

Does anyone know the definition of chilul hashem anymore?

The goyim can't read the sign. so it just looks like an add to them.

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 01:50 AM AYidela Says:

Well I don't know why you guys say its on the way to manhattan, I sew it when I was on the way to williamsburg

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 02:10 AM mewhoze Says:

all those people who think that such a billboard is good or normal ought to move to the amish country. live without running water and electricity, without cars, cell phones , etc...i'll take manhattan!

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 03:37 AM GreenMetropolis Says:

Reply to #29  
zalee Says:

He might be wrong in regard to catching AIDS, but he is absolutely correct that gay waiters are abhorrent, and make patrons uncomfortable.

Why should another person's private life, and his/her (as perceived by another person), be of concern to you or to anyone else?

The waiter is there to serve your food - nothing more and nothing less.

Get over your own inadequacies.

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 10:16 AM clear-thinker Says:

People should spend their money any way they want. Why their next sign might include a warning about the danger to young children posed by some frum men in Brooklyn.

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM RachelJD Says:

Does anyone else see the irony of posting "shield your eyes" on a billboard adjoining a busy highway? I prefer that people keep their eyes on the road when they are behind the wheel. I wish that ANY and ALL billboards along busy roads could be prohibited so as to not cause drivers to take their eyes off the road to read a catchy advertising slogan. It only takes a minute for tragedy to happen. As far as "dangerous" Manhattan is concerned, I commuted into the city five days a week for twenty five years and despite all that went on, I'm still frum after all these years!!! If one's inner character is strong, nothing outside can affect it.

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM sane Says:

Yet, they all go to Walmart in Monticello which is at least as bad.

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 01:11 PM esther Says:

Reply to #35  
GreenMetropolis Says:

Why should another person's private life, and his/her (as perceived by another person), be of concern to you or to anyone else?

The waiter is there to serve your food - nothing more and nothing less.

Get over your own inadequacies.

there has been a long and vast campaign by the liberal media to change our perception of homosexuality anf those who oppose it. obviously you are among those millions upon whom this campign has sadly succeeded.

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 01:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Some commentators here are outright apikorsim. The Torah forbids staring at immodest dressed women and considers homosexuality a capital offense.

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 02:50 PM SKoenig Says:

I dont understand what any of this has to do with Dov Hikind. Why does the article bother mentioning him at all?? Can someone please explain the connection?

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 Jun 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM J-R-S Says:

Reply to #7  
heeb Says:

Excellent idea! Brilliant! One of the best community services ever!!!! I am proud to be a frum jew!!!!!!! Next should be a sign that being honest is a minhag, maybe that will cause people to be straight!

“Next should be a sign that being honest is a minhag, maybe that will cause people to be straight!”

So true, And there ought to be one pointing out the issurim of a gay lifestyle---and maybe that, too, will cause people to be straight.

Because, as we all know, spending tens of thousands of dollars on simplistic billboards has a major effect on everyone’s actions and hashkafos.

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 Jun 18, 2012 at 07:02 AM bewhiskered Says:

Reply to #39  
esther Says:

there has been a long and vast campaign by the liberal media to change our perception of homosexuality anf those who oppose it. obviously you are among those millions upon whom this campign has sadly succeeded.

"there has been a long and vast campaign by the liberal media to change our perception of homosexuality anf those who oppose it."

Just keep making up idiotic facts that your fellow racists and homophobes are more than glad to buy into!

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 Jun 18, 2012 at 09:08 AM Anonymous Says:

We need to make use of the billboards. We need sighns sponsored by frum yidden against gays,evolution and other such issues. Also if the secular Israeli government seeks to draft yeshiva boys in August, let's campaighn here against them. We frum yidden can outvote any supporters of Israel if they refuse to pressure Israel to stop harrassing the frummer in Israel. I think I will speak to some wealthy askunim here in Boro park for ad money.

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