Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Brining Ridicule to the Torah

Recently Life in Israel had a post about a new Surfer Statue in Yehud.

The statue is in the middle of a fountain in a traffic circle (roundabout) very close to my work. Until I read the post on Life in Israel, I had no idea whether the surfer was male or female as other than long hair and a long wetsuit, there are few distinguishing charactersitics.

However, now that Shas have determined that it is female, the statue must be covered - and so it was. Earlier this week a red cloth was placed around the torso of the surfer, and today black material was placed around the waist.
The result is not only an eyesore, but it is causing drivers to slow down and stare, yesterday when I stood by thee statue for a few minutes I saw several near-accidents as drivers suddenly stopped to try to figure out what had happened to the "Surfer Dude" (who was apparently a "Surfer Gal").

Hard to see how an eyesore and road hazard brings honour to the Torah or makes this city a more modest environment, but I'll let you judge for yourself.

1 comment:

Mighty Garnel Ironheart said...

Sometimes I worry: did I wait the full 6 hours after meat? Did I maybe pick up something muktzeh on Shabbos? Did my eye catch on something inappropriate walking past me on the street?
And then I read about this and realize: no, I'm not the one who's practicing stupidly.