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Jerusalme - Shortage Of Beard-Fitting Gas Masks Leaves Orthodox Jewish Israelis Scrambling For Protection

Published on: August 28, 2013 06:32 PM
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FILE - An Israeli  ultra orthodox  Volunteers  paramedics with gas masks at the Union Rescue in Jerusalem during the home fron drill that is taking place today, June 23 2011. Photo by  Nati Shohat/Flash90. FILE - An Israeli ultra orthodox Volunteers paramedics with gas masks at the Union Rescue in Jerusalem during the home fron drill that is taking place today, June 23 2011. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90.

Jerusalem - With the possibility of a Syrian attack on Israel looming in the shadows of a seemingly pre-destined U.S. military strike, a shortage of beard-fitting gas masks and protective hoods has left Orthodox Jewish men scrambling for protection, while community leaders step up the pressure on the Israeli government to quickly address the shortage.

THE WASHINGTON POST (http://wapo.st/19ZHyiP) reports that the demand for gas masks and hoods has skyrocketed since U.S. intelligence confirmed last week that Syrian civilians were killed by chemical weapons.

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Sources say Orthodox Jewish men, who have reported to distribution centers to obtain their masks, have been told by government officials that a shortage of protective masks has resulted in the remaining supply being held aside for the elderly and those with respiratory issues.

In 2012, the Israeli government announced all citizens would be provided with protective masks in the event of a chemical attack.

Orthodox Shas party leaders are pressuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to quickly order a mass production of the Bardas, a hooded protective device that covers the entire head, and which was made available to bearded Israelis during the Gulf War.

Meir Green, an Orthodox Jew who was unable to obtain a Bardas, said, “If, heaven forbid, the masks are needed, there won’t be time to shave, even if a razor were available.”


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 Aug 28, 2013 at 06:50 PM Facts1 Says:

By design from Lapid to eliminate the Haredies.

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 Aug 28, 2013 at 06:50 PM My2Cents Says:

"Orthodox Jewish men scrambling for protection, while community leaders step up the pressure on the Israeli government to quickly address the shortage."

Are these the same orthodox men that refuse the government to join the army and beat up the soldiers that will be going out to protect them?

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 Aug 28, 2013 at 07:14 PM Anonymous Says:

You would think that there would be enough demand for a beard fitting mask that they would be abundant. Did the Israeli Workings screw up or did the orthodox with beards fail to support their own cause by not participating in Jewish society enough to see the problem in advance. Get them in the future.

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 Aug 28, 2013 at 07:44 PM RebKlemson Says:

so shave

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 Aug 28, 2013 at 08:09 PM bored Says:

Ok get the wacko conspiracy theories ready!

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 Aug 28, 2013 at 08:16 PM PrettyBoyFloyd Says:

Go sit in yeshiva.

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 Aug 28, 2013 at 08:18 PM Anonymous Says:

How can a country that is always at the brink of war not have enough gas masks???

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 Aug 28, 2013 at 08:22 PM Judith Says:

During the Gulf War there were far fewer Haredim.This segment of the population refuses to do civic duty, relies on government handouts and now has more demands.Their Torah learning shall save them from a gas attack. Whoever wants a more expensive device should pay his own way.

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 Aug 28, 2013 at 09:26 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

I want full credit for asking about this last week. The same thing happened during the last two gulf wars.

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 Aug 28, 2013 at 09:50 PM Mendel Says:

Reply to #8  
Judith Says:

During the Gulf War there were far fewer Haredim.This segment of the population refuses to do civic duty, relies on government handouts and now has more demands.Their Torah learning shall save them from a gas attack. Whoever wants a more expensive device should pay his own way.

You say sarcastically, "Their Torah learning shall save them from a gas attack."
You are actually very right. Hashem will protect us. We need to do our best, but after that - we always trust in Hashem to save us from the 70 wolves around us.
I'm glad you brought up the point.

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 Aug 28, 2013 at 10:13 PM yoyoyo Says:

Not enough beard fitting gas masks? make a protest that might help.

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 Aug 28, 2013 at 11:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
RebKlemson Says:

so shave

It is clearly mutar to shave in cases of pikuach nefesh but its unlikely that Bashar el Assad will contact the Chareidi tizbur in advance of launching a gas attack to give them time to shave so they can properly wear their gas masks. In the current situation, I suspect we will see thousands of charedim getting rid of their beards by erev yom tov next week.

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 Aug 28, 2013 at 11:25 PM esther Says:

Reply to #5  
bored Says:

Ok get the wacko conspiracy theories ready!

see #1 comment.

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 Aug 29, 2013 at 01:13 AM Avi Says:

I made Aliyah last year and got my and my familiy's masks a couple months later. Why are all these people scrambling at what might be the last minute?

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 Aug 29, 2013 at 04:19 AM proud-mo-israeli Says:

oh well. Good bye then.

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 Aug 29, 2013 at 06:18 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Mendel Says:

You say sarcastically, "Their Torah learning shall save them from a gas attack."
You are actually very right. Hashem will protect us. We need to do our best, but after that - we always trust in Hashem to save us from the 70 wolves around us.
I'm glad you brought up the point.

We trust in hashem, but we do not rely on miracles. Such as poison-gas breathing humans.

Perhaps you missed that part of Judaism.

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 Aug 29, 2013 at 07:41 AM realistmak Says:

Wait, doesnt the chairiedi learning protect chariedim? why the need for beard gas masks?

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 Aug 29, 2013 at 11:21 AM PashutehYid Says:

What is interesting is that the whole issue of beards is totally al pi kabala. The gemara says one is obligated to shave before holidays in order not to enter in an ugly state. How did it become the universal custom to have long, untrimmed beards, against the gemara? And who would advocate this when it could be dangerous?

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 Aug 29, 2013 at 12:43 PM Longwave Says:

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Anonymous Says:

We trust in hashem, but we do not rely on miracles. Such as poison-gas breathing humans.

Perhaps you missed that part of Judaism.

You must have missed the Shoah. We also trusted in Hashem and refused to leave Europe. Those that left were alive. Those that stayed (and had the chance to leave) suffered.
What part of Judiasm did I miss?

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 Aug 29, 2013 at 01:10 PM Skepticalguy Says:

Reply to #2  
My2Cents Says:

"Orthodox Jewish men scrambling for protection, while community leaders step up the pressure on the Israeli government to quickly address the shortage."

Are these the same orthodox men that refuse the government to join the army and beat up the soldiers that will be going out to protect them?

yes they are... or course they are
and as soon as this is over, they will go back to beating up soldiers and taking more government handouts

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 Aug 29, 2013 at 02:52 PM yolish Says:

and what about all non-israeli citizens in israel? all yeshiva and sem students? they don't qualify either to get a gas mask!!!

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