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Jerusalem - Soon, it will no longer be necessary for charedi men to walk around while covering their eyes with their hands to avoid seeing women.

Recently, a new start-up company has begun marketing and selling special glasses in charedi neighborhoods such as Meah Shearim. The purpose of the glasses is to prevent charedi men from seeing immodestly-dressed women.

The glasses contain blurry lenses that obscure the wearer’s vision and do allow men not to see more than three meters.  For those who already wear glasses, the company has designed stickers that can be affixed to the existing pair of glasses which will obscure the vision.

Yedioth Ahronot reports (http://bit.ly/OH1udI) that the glasses, designed for the charedi community, are intended for charedi men who must go to places where women will be present. The new patent cost the inventors only NIS 25. The patent includes non-prescription glasses and the obscuring stickers. The glasses with the blurry lenses contain perforations at the bottom of the lenses enabling charedi men to look down at the ground through the perforation and still see where they are walking.


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 Aug 06, 2012 at 12:51 PM Balaboos Says:

Now, this is going just a wee bit to far.....What's next???

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:06 PM not_suprised Says:

Is this a joke?

3

 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:15 PM ImAJewishDoctor1 Says:

But they will be oiver on "liphnei Eveir" though.

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:15 PM benvin Says:

The title of the article should be changed to "some idiot trying to sell glasses to other idiots". I'm a "Charedi Man" and I don't think anyone I know will be purchasing these glasses anytime soon.

5

 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:12 PM Anonymous Says:

I look foward to reading here in several weeks that a large number of chareidi yungerleit and men have been involved in minor accidents such as walking into walls, walking off curbs and falling into the street, walking into streelamps and poles, and walking into moving cars....which in EACH case was the result of their not seeing the object or obstacle clearly while wearing these "pritzus-proof glasses". Maybe after a series of non-life-threatening but nonetheless painful broken arms, legs, hips, etc. the rabbonim who came up with this insanity will step back and say, maybe the solution is worse than the non-existant problem we were seeking to cure.

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:09 PM mortgage Says:

לפני עור לא תתן מכשל

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:50 PM shimonyehuda Says:

is todays date changed to april 1

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:47 PM Meir Says:

This is exactly what they did in prewar Europe. The Rambam too.

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:46 PM Chaim Says:

I could not read this article - my glasses made it too blurry. What does it say?

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:42 PM esther Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

I look foward to reading here in several weeks that a large number of chareidi yungerleit and men have been involved in minor accidents such as walking into walls, walking off curbs and falling into the street, walking into streelamps and poles, and walking into moving cars....which in EACH case was the result of their not seeing the object or obstacle clearly while wearing these "pritzus-proof glasses". Maybe after a series of non-life-threatening but nonetheless painful broken arms, legs, hips, etc. the rabbonim who came up with this insanity will step back and say, maybe the solution is worse than the non-existant problem we were seeking to cure.

you look forward to reading about broken limbs.hmm.i think you need alot more then a new pair of glasses.

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:40 PM noturbizniss Says:

What a wonderful idea! It also enables us to cross the streets without looking since the cars can't hit me if i cant see them!!

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:37 PM KenZein Says:

Does this mean that if men are wearing these glasses, women won't have to move to the back of the bus? Seriously, maybe the existence of these things will put more of the onus on the MEN (where it should really be) to place their own limits on themselves, instead of persecuting women.

13

 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Maybe these yungerleit need to blurr the schmutz INSIDE their heads!

14

 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:30 PM Anonymous Says:

This newest insanity has just made it to the local news.... normally, I take exception when there are general news stories mocking religious jews but in this case, its totally warranted. Every time these idiots seem to have gone off a cliff without a parachute, or suffocating in A hole while still digging themselves deeper, they manage to outdo themselves. Whether its some guys in Wales insisting on going into the ocean with strong tides so he can be toivel in mikvah while on a beach holiday, some frum guys in Nepal eating poison mushrooms because the sherpa with their kosher food delivery had not shown up or any one literally dozens of other mindless stories we hear about yidden taking stupid risks to be mekayem some mitzvah or lo taaseh while violating the more fundamental axiom of not creating sakanas nefesh for yourself and others.

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:28 PM yosefben Says:

I am chareidi and this is STUPID! However, like many people I do wear prescribed tri-focals which could actually do the same thing I guess...but this is just silly.

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Who is like the nation of Israel?

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:24 PM WolfishMusings Says:

Heaven help them when they have to look before crossing the street...

The Wolf

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:21 PM Moish Says:

Sakonas Nefoshos to wear such spectacles and cross streets! The posuk says "V'Loi Sosuru Acharei L'Vavchem V'Acharei Eineichem" and V'Chai Bohem. You need to be able to see and control yourself, look away if necessary. Reminds me of the Tzadikimlech walking down the street reading Tehillim of yener's cheshbon. You have no right to endager yourself and others with such hazards. It's still likely better and less of a sakanah to wear these spectacles or read Tehillim walking down the street than to text while walking and crossing the street. And the poor innocent children being pushed well into the intersections while their parent is absent-mindedly yapping into the phone before checking for approaching vehicles, my heart goes out to them. Shoimer Pesoyim Hashem!

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:18 PM Anonymous Says:

actually, this is good. add a set of ear plugs and they can serve in the army. no more excuses.

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:06 PM palmtights Says:

great. not I'm happy to knock into one of you.

21

 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:02 PM Anonymous Says:

No !, you should be able to figure out for yourself that earplugs are next, so as not to listen to Loshon Hora.

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 12:59 PM maxedout Says:

Reply to #1  
Balaboos Says:

Now, this is going just a wee bit to far.....What's next???

blindfolds.

23

 Aug 06, 2012 at 12:57 PM shredready Says:

this has to be a joke I hope?

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:56 PM MarkTwain2 Says:

Give them to any speaker you suspect will talk too long.

25

 Aug 06, 2012 at 12:54 PM georgewashingtonbridge Says:

For 6 NIS, I'll get a "squeegee man" to follow our friend, and squirt him in the eyes as needed.

26

 Aug 06, 2012 at 12:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Why don't they just poke out their eyes?

27

 Aug 06, 2012 at 12:58 PM Avi Says:

Charedi men seem to have uncontrollable lusts. Perhaps they should spend more time with the Mussar and less with the Gemarah?

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 12:58 PM Materetsky Says:

I agree as an "ultra-orthodox" person. These men are going to wear the glasses driving and get in a wreck possibly
and wearing bluring glasses can negatively impact your vision and cause headaches

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 12:59 PM shredready Says:

who is to blame when they get hit by a car because they did not see it?

30

 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:53 PM fedorah Says:

Why do so many mishugasim involve glasses? As recently mentioned in WSJ, there is a massive fad in South Korea to wear glasses without any glass. Hipsters wear glasses uglier than anything worn in the '80's. And now glasses you can barely see through!

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:59 PM Babishka Says:

It's all fun and games until somebody pokes out an eye.

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 02:10 PM cookookajew Says:

In other news, local authorities report there has been an alarming increase in emergency room visits by haredim. ER staff comment that the influx appears to be caused by direct trauma to the skull via walking into poles.

33

 Aug 06, 2012 at 02:16 PM Ploni Says:

Reply to #16  
Anonymous Says:

Who is like the nation of Israel?

Who indeed?

Who else could have thought up such a stupendously stupid idea other than am Yisrael?

Mamash laag legoyim.

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 12:57 PM utazoy Says:

hope this is a joke sorry but sounds like total shtuz now they will just bump into women and who knows whatelse

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 01:01 PM georgewashingtonbridge Says:

For 6 NIS, I'll get a "squeegee man" to follow our friend, and squirt him in the eyes as needed.

It's not a mosh pit: it's Chareidi Collisions.

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 03:01 PM Velvel Says:

What ever happened to self control? Do they know what that means?

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 02:54 PM Anonymous Says:

I think someone should ask an optometrist if that is safe - it sounds like it can ruin good vision

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 02:51 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

I'm sure this is a joke. I hope this is a joke.
If it isn't a joke it will be self-correcting when the wearers are laid up with headaches or wander into traffic.

If your mind is wrong no amount of tznius rulers or walking on opposite sides of the street or throwing rocks at six year old girls will be enough. If your mind is right you can go to a nudist colony with complete modesty. (Actually, nudists are just about the most modest people around.)

39

 Aug 06, 2012 at 03:36 PM anon-e-mouse Says:

are these the same people that wear "windowshades"?

40

 Aug 06, 2012 at 03:34 PM DanielBarbaz Says:

Why are so many people mocking this? I am not charedi but I am tired of seeing so many women dressed in clothing that looks like it was washed in hot water and then shrank. I also like the idea of ear plugs. If someone starts talking loshan harah I could just pop them in and shoen end of problem!

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 03:33 PM 111111 Says:

I believe if we just require all men to text or talk on a cell phone while they walk, it will distract them from looking at women.

42

 Aug 06, 2012 at 04:22 PM baltimoremom Says:

Reply to #27  
Avi Says:

Charedi men seem to have uncontrollable lusts. Perhaps they should spend more time with the Mussar and less with the Gemarah?

Or maybe they should spend more time with their wives, to control themselves.

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 04:18 PM enlightened-yid Says:

Next in news "Haredi population undergoes Darwinism as more pedestrians are hit by cars because they are wearing stupid glasses and can't see streets." I think even Sweaty Taliban clergy would laugh at this.

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 04:03 PM OYVY2 Says:

Reply to #19  
Anonymous Says:

actually, this is good. add a set of ear plugs and they can serve in the army. no more excuses.

well said

45

 Aug 06, 2012 at 02:51 PM A N Other Says:

Reply to #34  
utazoy Says:

hope this is a joke sorry but sounds like total shtuz now they will just bump into women and who knows whatelse

"now they will just bump into women and who knows whatelse"

Yep, this could easily lead to mixed dancing r"l.

46

 Aug 06, 2012 at 02:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #24  
MarkTwain2 Says:

Give them to any speaker you suspect will talk too long.

hmm, guess that means we need them for EVERY speaker??

47

 Aug 06, 2012 at 02:25 PM OccupyAgudah Says:

There are procedures which can permanently remove certain sensations in humans. These have been performed on high level predators in some countries. While it is most likely painful and carries serious risk, why not have a piece of your brain removed or compromised if you feel like you can't help yourself. It will certainly be more effective then glasses with scotchtape on the lenses.

Think about it, a life free of sin!

48

 Aug 06, 2012 at 02:26 PM Anonymous Says:

It's funny because now they're going to bump into the women instead of seeing them

49

 Aug 06, 2012 at 02:37 PM sechelyoshor Says:

Reply to #8  
Meir Says:

This is exactly what they did in prewar Europe. The Rambam too.

Since glasses were not yet invented at the time of the Rambam, what exactly did you mean? Perhaps you're saying that back then men wore bags over their heads when they were outside?

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 02:38 PM Babishka Says:

Who is so stupid to actually pay money? A person this stupid can't afford to buy these "special" brilen. Just grease up your own glasses with some vaseline.

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 02:58 PM gabbai Says:

it's possible that like this they may bump into women rather than looking at them
I respect everyone and everyone's religion but this is a little too fat

52

 Aug 06, 2012 at 03:11 PM curious Says:

I could picture all of the fakers making believe they are wearing these kind of glasses while they are wearing something that looks similar. Meanwhile they will be checking out anything in a skirt.

53

 Aug 06, 2012 at 04:34 PM baltimoredad Says:

Reply to #42  
baltimoremom Says:

Or maybe they should spend more time with their wives, to control themselves.

Their wives avoid them as much as they can, so they're always looking elsewhere.

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 04:56 PM maxedout Says:

Reply to #47  
OccupyAgudah Says:

There are procedures which can permanently remove certain sensations in humans. These have been performed on high level predators in some countries. While it is most likely painful and carries serious risk, why not have a piece of your brain removed or compromised if you feel like you can't help yourself. It will certainly be more effective then glasses with scotchtape on the lenses.

Think about it, a life free of sin!

"why not have a piece of your brain removed "
Obviously, that's already been done. how else would they come up with this cockamamie idea?

55

 Aug 06, 2012 at 04:56 PM maxedout Says:

Reply to #48  
Anonymous Says:

It's funny because now they're going to bump into the women instead of seeing them

yup. now they can feel their way around.....

56

 Aug 06, 2012 at 04:33 PM RobertS Says:

We already know how shortsighted they are. At least they admit it now.

57

 Aug 06, 2012 at 05:50 PM si girl Says:

Ha-ha ha! this is hilarious. For the sophisticated ones I would add nose and ear plugs and tight their hands since our brains can do tricks to us and easily compensate lack of one sense by another. When imagination starts working wow I don't even want to go there

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 06:20 PM md2205 Says:

This is just getting ridiculous. A man should be able to present himself to the world as a functional human being without having to resort to these ridiculous gadgets. I think it shows institutionalized dysfunction rather than group piety.

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 06:25 PM proudjewboy Says:

Google glasses?????

60

 Aug 06, 2012 at 07:09 PM Jax Says:

A plaintiffs atty dream come true. Deliberately blurring your vision obviously puts not only the wearer at risk but others as well. It will b a slam dunk case

61

 Aug 06, 2012 at 07:16 PM Anonymous Says:

"For those who already wear glasses, the company has designed stickers that can be affixed to the existing pair of glasses which will obscure the vision."
They could just remove their existing glasses and have blurred vision.

62

 Aug 06, 2012 at 07:19 PM judith Says:

I would like to thank you all for the clever and witty comments. Some of them were outright comical.

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 07:26 PM Granny Says:

Is it Purim already? I must be getting old. One minute it was Tisha B'av, and now this. I have no memory of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Succos, Channukah.

64

 Aug 06, 2012 at 07:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
benvin Says:

The title of the article should be changed to "some idiot trying to sell glasses to other idiots". I'm a "Charedi Man" and I don't think anyone I know will be purchasing these glasses anytime soon.

benvin Says:“ The title of the article should be changed to "some idiot trying to sell glasses to other idiots". I'm a "Charedi Man" and I don't think anyone I know will be purchasing these glasses anytime soon. ”

Benvin, I've read many of your other posts, and don't worry, you qualify easily to fall into the group called idiots.

65

 Aug 06, 2012 at 07:38 PM Meir Says:

Stop making fun. This is based on a Pasik 'einayim lohem vlo yiru'

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 08:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Where can I buy this?

67

 Aug 06, 2012 at 09:34 PM commonsense18 Says:

I think it is so they can bump into the women and say S'licha- I did not see you

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 09:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #21  
Anonymous Says:

No !, you should be able to figure out for yourself that earplugs are next, so as not to listen to Loshon Hora.

How about a fuzzy glasses & ear plugs combo pack for the chareidi army bochrim who will be forced to endure prutzis and kol-isha at the same time?

69

 Aug 06, 2012 at 09:53 PM giants Says:

Reply to #25  
georgewashingtonbridge Says:

For 6 NIS, I'll get a "squeegee man" to follow our friend, and squirt him in the eyes as needed.

This is the most hyterical insane article - and after a long day, I could not stop laughing. Your comment - I must say - made me crack up even more!!

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 09:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #62  
judith Says:

I would like to thank you all for the clever and witty comments. Some of them were outright comical.

thumbs up to that!

71

 Aug 06, 2012 at 09:56 PM giants Says:

Reply to #32  
cookookajew Says:

In other news, local authorities report there has been an alarming increase in emergency room visits by haredim. ER staff comment that the influx appears to be caused by direct trauma to the skull via walking into poles.

This is great! great comment!

72

 Aug 06, 2012 at 09:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

I look foward to reading here in several weeks that a large number of chareidi yungerleit and men have been involved in minor accidents such as walking into walls, walking off curbs and falling into the street, walking into streelamps and poles, and walking into moving cars....which in EACH case was the result of their not seeing the object or obstacle clearly while wearing these "pritzus-proof glasses". Maybe after a series of non-life-threatening but nonetheless painful broken arms, legs, hips, etc. the rabbonim who came up with this insanity will step back and say, maybe the solution is worse than the non-existant problem we were seeking to cure.

ha! this is hysterical!

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 10:00 PM Robert Says:

next they will wear ear plugs in some places so as not to hear lashon harah

and wait

you can also get nose plugs so you dont smell non-kosher meat

and a discount for all three

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 10:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #49  
sechelyoshor Says:

Since glasses were not yet invented at the time of the Rambam, what exactly did you mean? Perhaps you're saying that back then men wore bags over their heads when they were outside?

ask him for the source of the rambam
i suspect he does not have one

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 Aug 06, 2012 at 11:21 PM Kackie Says:

Reply to #58  
md2205 Says:

This is just getting ridiculous. A man should be able to present himself to the world as a functional human being without having to resort to these ridiculous gadgets. I think it shows institutionalized dysfunction rather than group piety.

I love that one institutionalized dysfunction I'm gonna use it

76

 Aug 07, 2012 at 12:39 AM sasha fox Says:

Reply to #4  
benvin Says:

The title of the article should be changed to "some idiot trying to sell glasses to other idiots". I'm a "Charedi Man" and I don't think anyone I know will be purchasing these glasses anytime soon.

I will. where can i get them?

77

 Aug 07, 2012 at 01:09 AM Greener Says:

This gives me a great idea for a start-up. I drive a lot and have to look at un-tznius women crossing in front of me; this causes me great stress. I am going to develop a blurred windshield! Any investors out there willing to help me out with initial development costs?

78

 Aug 07, 2012 at 06:51 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

This is one of the strangest things I have heard of recently.

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 Aug 07, 2012 at 07:15 AM palmtights Says:

Hachachem Einuv Beroishoi

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 Aug 07, 2012 at 07:38 AM Avi Says:

Reply to #74  
Anonymous Says:

ask him for the source of the rambam
i suspect he does not have one

The joke flew so far over you, and the guy you responded to, that it must have been in orbit!

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 Aug 07, 2012 at 02:04 AM mugsisme Says:

For just 15NIS I will sell you two pieces of scotch tape with finger prints on it. Oh wait. No one will buy from me cuz I am a woman.

What if I dress up like a chossid(think yentel)? Can I sell it then? Of course, I will have to up the price to 18NIS.

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 Aug 07, 2012 at 10:39 AM Sephardiesque Says:

How stupid! Surely will lead to more dysfunction.

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 Aug 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM The next "ban" Says:

The next big asifa will rule that anyone not wearing the new "kosher glasses" is banned from getting an Aliya or from Davening for the Amud, never mind that you can't be a Mohel or a Shochet unless you have these new Kosher Glasses.

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 Aug 07, 2012 at 05:27 PM Granta Says:

Lennon-McCartney, Come Together (1969): "..got to be good lookin' cuz she's so hard to see.."

Most of the indivudauls these wearers are exposed to will look better with these glasses. Great Sholom Bayis tool.

If I'm into sports, can I have a "Lasik" procedure to get the blurry outlook?

The most tantalizing evocative sights, are what we imagine with our inner eye!

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 Aug 08, 2012 at 12:47 PM sechelyoshor Says:

Perhaps they should come in various styles. How about a pair that come with the groucho nose and eyebrows?

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 Aug 09, 2012 at 04:32 PM Yeshivish-Chasidish Says:

As we approach Shabbos Mevarchim Chodesh Elul and the Yamim HaNoraim, our thoughts should be directed toward Yom Hakipurim, not Purim!

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