Jewish Journal

Report: Jewish sect trashes ice cream shop for promoting promiscuity

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 22, 2011 | 6:45 pm

Who knew that eating ice cream could be so erotic? Popsicles, hot dogs, bananas—sure. Maybe even kebabs. But two scoops of rocky road?

One of the more unusual stories I’ve read out of Israel, courtesy of the Daily Mail:

An ultra-orthodox Jewish sect trashed a Jerusalem ice cream parlour because they were disgusted by people licking cones in public believing it promotes promiscuity.

The owners of the Zisalek parlour in the Mea Shearim neighbourhood had put up posters asking people not to consume the snacks in public and installed separate entrances for men and women.

But religious zealots from the ultra strict Sikrikim sect did not believe the measures went far enough and broke in during the night to vandalise the premises.

Part of me hopes that this story is true, unlike the fake story about rabbis sentencing a dog to death by stoning because it carried the spirit of a cursed lawyer. But the rest of me hopes that this story is just as false because it is otherwise another indictment that ultra-Orthodox Jews are really out of touch with civilized life in Israel.

It’s one thing to actually think that ice cream cones make people horny and lead to sin. But it’s something far more extreme to trash an ice cream parlor in the name of G-d.

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