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Dear Shtreimel

Dear Shtreimel,

I have yet to see a fashion trend emulate you so, I can only assume that it is beyond blasphemous to do so. But what about all of us Atheists and Agnostics – surely the fashion industry has their fair share of non-believers? Well then, perhaps there is some sort of copyright or patten to the exquisite hats and jackets worn by many married haredi Jewish men on Shabbat and Jewish holidays.

I would like to wear one of these hats. Unfortunately, the real deal costs between $4000 – $5000 USD and  I wouldn’t be able to purchase one on my budget. I’d have to settle for shoddy craftsmanship, made from material that malts, and not worth the evil-eye stares. I would settle for the fur fedora-esque hat that ex-Bad Boy rapper turned Orthodox Jew, Shyne, has been seen sporting, or one of the beautiful, ankle length silk coats (Bekishe). I’ll keep my eye out for a celeb-trendsetter to pave the way, then I’ll follow suit.  Ya, I’m no trailblazer.

Shyne at the West wall in Jerusalem (photo: New York Times, Nov 10, 2010)

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