Religion & Beliefs

Shocking Video Shows Orthodox Jews Harrassing Secular Coreligionist on Streets of NYC

“Hey Hymie, do me a mitzvah!” Read More

By / November 4, 2014

Inspired by Hollaback‘s viral (and controversialvideo depicting a woman being catcalled on the streets of New York for ten hours straight, comedian Scott Rogowsky has documented his own experience as a publicly identifiable Jewish man. The results are appalling: he is harassed every few blocks by men from the Orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch movement, urging him to “do a mitzvah,” sniff an etrog, or say a prayer. They even speculate about whether or not he’s circumcised (captured in the screenshot above).

As a woman, I can not imagine what it would be like to subjected to this sort of harassment on a daily basis. Aside from occasionally being offered Shabbos candles in the subway in Brooklyn, my default position in communal, Orthodox Jewish religious practice is: pretty much invisible. Never have I felt more grateful to not be counted in a minyan. Halachic cloak of invisibility FTW!

Hats off to Rogowsky for his courage and good humor. Now, back to braiding those challahs in the peace and quiet of my kitchen.