Wednesday, September 09, 2009

2 Orthodox men oppose the black hat as "uniform"

Speaking of black hats . . . :) (See previous post.)

From this post by DovBear:

" . . . this new habit of treating an ordinary hat as if it were a sacred ritual item is why the hat is one of the things I like least about Orthodox Judaism."

From the comments:

"Black Hat wearing is very ironic.

Chassidim get railed by litvaks for "wearing antiquated Polish Royal garb" ie streimels.

But now, when Black Hats are just as antiquated (unless you're a member of the mob or post-modern hipster) as the streimel. How is Borsalino still in business? Does anyone else buy these things? At $200 a pop?

So really litvaks and chassidim are not that different after all...

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Blogger CJ Srullowitz said...

I wear, lulei demistafina, a Huckel. I think it ran me about sixty bucks and is still in great shape almost a decade later.

Mon Sep 14, 08:46:00 PM 2009  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Truth to tell, I've never heard of a Huckel.

Mark/PsychoToddler is also a non-conformist--when one of his sons was approaching Bat Mitzvah age, the age from which his yeshiva would require him to wear a hat, Mark bought him a Stetson. I'm too lazy to look for the post in which he talks about it, but I think he posted that one on DovBear's blog.

My husband has a collection of s'rugis/kippot s'rugot ("knitted" [crocheted] kippot/yarmulkes/skullcaps/beanies). They're cheaper than hats, don't get ruined by rain, and come in--gasp!--colors other than black. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I think it's highly ironic that, years ago, Orthodox men wore hats in public because kippot were considered too Jewish, whereas nowadays, in some circles, kippot are considered not Jewish enough.

Tue Sep 15, 09:04:00 AM 2009  

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