Life’s hell under the Jewish Taliban
A JEWISH singer was sentenced by a religious court in Jerusalem to 39 lashes for performing in front of a mixed audience.
According to this report, Erez Yechiel, was beaten 39 times to make him “repent,” after a ruling by a rabbinic court late last month.
Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak, founder of the Shofar organisation aimed at bringing Jews “back to religion”, has made it his recent mission to fight off the “evil” of men and women mixing at musical performances, and his “judicial panel,” comprising himself, Â Rabbi Ben Zion Mutsafi and some other Orthodox nutcase, sentenced to Yechiek to 39 lashes in order to “rid him of his sins.”
In a video clip of the court Ben Zion said that those who lead others into sin, such as artists who make men and women attend performances or dance together, have no place in the world to come.
He displayed a leather strip he said was made by his father from ass and bull skin, with which Yechiel was beaten.
Yechiel, who said, “I accept upon myself the lashing for my sins,” was ordered to stand by a wooden pole with his head facing north (“from whence the evil inclination comes”). His hands tied with a azure-colored rope (“a symbol of mercy”), and the sentence was then carried out.
It’s not clear which of the lunatics administered the beating.
Days after the punishment was meted out, YNET News carried a disturbing article about Jews in ultra-Orthodox communities who are forced to live a life of deception after rejecting their religion.
The report opens with the reported suicide of a man, given the pseudonym Matan, an ultra-Orthodox Jew “who stopped believing several years ago”.
Author of the piece, Ravid Oren, said:
Matan was not alone. He was part of a growing phenomenon found deep within ultra-Orthodox society, part of a large group of haredim of all streams and divisions who call themselves the “Marranos,” secret Jews – haredim against their will, who have stopped believing, but are forced to live a lie and hide it from the people around them.
Oren quotes a man he identifies as Moishi:
We, like the Marranos in Spain (Jews forced to abandon their religion during the 14th and 15th centuries), are forced to lead a different lifestyle than what we believe in. I sobered up about religion five years ago, but I can’t change my life, because I am closed off tightly within haredi society, with family and children. Inside, I am completely secular, but because of the fear of hurting my family, I have to remain haredi on the outside.
Today I am sure that there is no God. And I don’t observe the mitzvoth anymore â€¦ I drink and turn on the light on Yom Kippur and use the internet on Shabbat. All in secret, of course. A few times I even drove on a Friday evening with ‘Marrano’ friends like myself to Tel Aviv to have ice-cream.
Oren points out:
The haredi world of 2010 is still closed off and isolated. Fearful of any peek into secularism and of any contact with outside elements, it keeps to itself, is rigid and detests when people from within start asking questions. This is the reason the â€˜Marranos’ are afraid to speak up, to reveal to their families, wives and children that they no longer believe. So it’s no wonder that, after many reservations, they agreed to reveal the daily prison in which they live, in hopes that others in their situation understand they are not alone.
Hat tip: Adam Tjaavk (singer report) and Michael Cohen