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        2/12/2014, Adar 12, 5774

      Hareidi Activists: Say No to Soldier Costumes

      Rabbi Mordechai Blau, who heads the “Guards of Holiness and Education” organization, is among those who are pushing to keep hareidi children from dressing as Israeli soldiers this year. “The whole subject of dressing up on Purim is not some cheap imitation of Carnival in Brazil or Venice.

      “It has depth, it says that at times when the Jews faced persecution G-d was ‘hiding,’” he continued, adding, “The masks are also meant to increase our joy."

      "These days", he argued, with the tension over enlistment, “there is certainly no joy in anything connected to hareidi enlistment.