Sunday, October 19, 2008

Jumping rope in a long skirt

Just wanted to show you a few of my stealth shots of the very religious residents of Geula in old Jerusalem.

Actually the first photo is on the historical Ethiopia Street
at the end of which begins the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) neighborhood.
It was cute, the girls playing jump rope.

12 comments:

kjpweb said...

Love your Jerusalem tidbits. Then again, you did know that! :)
Cheers, Klaus

Petrea said...

I love the stealth shots! A beautiful world we peek into. What would happen if someone caught you?

Peter (Worldman): said...

Hello Dina,

Thank you for your birthday wishes. My professional life is coming to an end and I am on the move to home. I will not be around for a certain time. But as I am curious, I will be visiting your blog more in detail soon.

See you soon and take care

Peter

Rambling Woods said...

My husband's Uncle is Hasidic. Uncle Solly has come to some weddings and to pay respects to my husband's father when he passed away. He has a very large family and I think about 56 grandchildren...

Kay said...

This is so interesting. It must take talent to jump rope with long skirts, I must say.

Ackworth Born said...

An excellent peek into what for me is almost unknown world.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

very crafty of you - thanks for the insight!

Raphaellae said...

There is so much grace in that passtime wearing a long skirt.

Raphaellae
shalom.

Dina said...

Klaus shalom. Tidbits, I like that. :) You see it all as one who has lived here.

Petrea, oi, I dunno! Just a request to stop, I suppose. The guide pointed out the headquarters of the local unofficial "Modesty Police" though. My shirt sleeves were rolled up, it being a hot day, and I promptly rolled them down one fold, below the elbow. ;)

Welcome Peter! Also, auf Wiedersehen. Good luck in your transition.

Rambling Woods, wow, can you imagine having 56 grandchildren?! I thought my 3 were a lot. Well, the traditional Hebrew blessing to say to Uncle Solly would be "Ken yirbu"--may they only increase in number.

Kay, I'm with you. I can hardly jump rope in pants, let alone a skirt.

Hello Gerald. Yes, mostly unknown to me too, at least on a person-to-person level, unfortunately.

M. Kiwi, crafty? I have to think about that...

Raphaelae? Are you the Raffaela I know? In any case, thank you for your thoughtful thought to ponder. Grace, that's nice...

Reader Wil said...

I enjoy visiting your blog very much and I am very curious to see how these ultra-Orthodox people live, what do they think, how do they treat women. I saw a movie called "Left Luggage"about an ultra orthodox family and a Jewish girl, who had had a very liberal upbringing and who was helping the mother of the orthodox family. Women were clearly discriminated against.

Webradio said...

Nice photos Dina... Always great shots...
The young girl is like my daughter with the jump rope...

Dina said...

Wil, I'd like to see that movie.
What looks like discrimination might just be a difference in roles between men and women in haredi society.
I remember my Rabbi explaining (45 years ago) that in Judaism women are equal in VALUE, although it might not look like equal in other ways.
There are new sort of feminist movements today in Israel among Orthodox women. I've gone to some study days, lectures, at their Torah academy and was impressed by their scholarship and leadership.
Also, many more are entering the workforce outside the home now. Things are changing.

Webradio, sweet to imagine your daughter skipping rope. Makes me realize that I almost never see kids jumping rope anymore. Hmm...