Purim has a Scrooge

03.01.04

Purim has a Scrooge, and his name is Rabbi Ovadia Yosef:

The crazy Sephardic rabbi Ovadia Yosef has made some new ridiculous extremist pronouncements for Purim.

He says it’s forbidden to dress in a costume of the opposite sex for Purim, it’s forbidden to wear a Kaffiyeh (i.e. no Arafat costumes) and …. as a crowning touch, now it’s forbidden to give a Purim basket to a member of the opposite sex (the baskets, known as “mishloach manot” are a Purim holiday tradition, a basket filled with cookies and candy that you give out to friends and neighbors)

Yep, who knows what that kinky basket-exchanging can lead to…..

Hmmm, I wonder how he would’ve reacted to my sixth-grade Hebrew teacher dressing up as a nun?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jonny 03.02.04 at 4:22 PM

He’s totally senile.

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2 Josh 03.02.04 at 8:04 PM

Ridiculing rabbis whose halachic lessons have been taken out of context is ridiculous and extremist.

I encourage you to meet the Rav Ovadia in person, or at least hear one lesson from beginning to end before judging him. Anything you hear publicized by the media is always taken out of context, sensationalized, and mostly never anything new – just something ‘odd’ about Judaism that the non-religious/observant reporter wanted to make fun of, again. Such an easy target, those Rabbis, because they never bother to stoop to the media’s level to respond.
FWIW, dressing up as clergy of another religion is immature, bigotted, intollerant and inconsiderate. How would you feel if someone dressed up as a yid, or hassid, for Halloween?

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3 Jonny 03.02.04 at 8:14 PM

Josh, what about his comments that the jews killed in the shoa were the reincarnations of past sinners?

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4 segacs 03.03.04 at 6:17 PM

Anything you hear publicized by the media is always taken out of context, sensationalized.

Fill us in, then. What’s the context?

FWIW, dressing up as clergy of another religion is immature, bigotted, intollerant and inconsiderate. How would you feel if someone dressed up as a yid, or hassid, for Halloween?

Amused. Haven’t you ever heard of having a sense of humour?

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