If you don’t want your children (and husbands) to see photos of bare bosomed black women when they open the daily newspaper, then you had better think twice about bringing the Jerusalem Post into your homes. When my parents came on aliyah, they subscribed to the Jerusalem Post, but I am canceling their subscription to prevent them from transgressing the Torah.
The photos of these smiling, young bare bosomed black women (BBBW) have begun to appear every week in large advertisements, featured on page 2, as enticements for safaris to Africa and other travel adventures around the world. Apparently, the travel agency, Geotours, that sponsors the ads, believes that photos of attractive BBBW will advance their sale of tickets. Presumably, they came to this conclusion upon the advice of some expensive Tel Aviv public relations company, whose research indicates that newspaper readers are turned on by this kind of imagery, and not by lions or giraffes.
I'd feel a lot safer with the lions!
The fact is that publishing pictures of BBBW in a newspaper involves several transgressions of the Torah, including “Thou shall not put a stumbling block in front of a blind man,” and “Thou shall not cause the multitude to sin.” This is because erotic pictures of BBBW lead readers to transgress the Torah prohibitions, “Thou shall not go astray after your hearts and after your eyes which lead you astray,” and “You shall guard yourself from every evil thing.” The Torah commands us to keep our camp holy to insure that the Divine Presence not abandon us, as the verse warns: “Therefore thy camp shall be holy that He see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee (Devarim, 23:15). How much more does this demand for holiness apply to our homes, as it says in this week’s Torah portion, “Neither shall you bring an abomination into thy house” (Devarim, 7:26). It is forbidden to have this kind of suggestive erotica in our living rooms and bedrooms. The Gemara teaches, “You should guard yourself from every evil thing – this means that a man should not gaze on an attractive woman.” This is because, “A man shouldn’t have sexual thoughts in the day and come to seminal impurity at night” (Avodah Zara 20B).
You can say I am exaggerating, but remember the good old days before Internet, when it was tough for a kid to get his hands on pornographic material? If his father didn’t have a secret stash of dirty mags at home, he had to settle with going to library and nervously rummaging through stacks of National Geographic back issues, hunting for these same photos of BBBW in order to satisfy his lust.
That was a Jewish boy’s safari adventure back then. Today, there are “cultured” safaris that take you right to the scene in Africa, where you can presumably get to meet the BBBW of your dreams. Times may have changed, but a teenager’s hormones haven’t. If he doesn’t have access to the Internet, or some other way of getting a hold of the stuff, the BBBW’s of these ads in the Jerusalem Post can serve his cravings just as well, leading him to violate the severest prohibition of the Torah.
To tell the truth, this isn’t the only problem with the pictures in the Jerusalem Post. Many weekend editions feature photographic essays on women’s lingerie that would make any kippah turn back for a second glance. And for some unexplained reason, an immodest, full page photo of a bikini clad Tel Aviv beach is the regular back page of one of the newspaper’s weekly magazines.
Certainly, the Jerusalem Post is absolutely wholesome compared with the leading Hebrew rags, Maariv and Yediot. If you were to cut out their immodest photos with a scissors, you would be left with a newspaper that looked like a thin slice of Swiss cheese or a strip of paper cutout dolls. There would be more newspaper in the trash bag than you’d end up holding in your hands, and this is without even talking about the insipid editorial garbage and leftist poison they print.
Maariv - After the Scissors
We understand that newspaper companies want to sell newspapers, but this is the Holy Land. Free enterprise is fine as long as it doesn’t violate the rights of others (the rights of women, for example, by turning them into sex objects) or violate the Torah by publishing socially accepted pornography, in whatever shape or form. One thing is certain, you’ll never see this type of smut on Arutz 7, or in their sister newspaper, “B’Sheva,” thank G-d.
If you agree with me, send the Jerusalem Post an e-mail and let them know what you think. And if you don’t agree with me, then why bother reading this blog? Read the Jerusalem Post instead.