Monday, February 19, 2007

Viva La Muqata!

With all the things going on, (the lawsuit against Orthomom, Israel Police Chief Karadi resigning, our new IDF Chief of Staff Ashkenazi, and more), I find myself in Paris of all places.

I'm unable to blog it all now but hopefully, I'll have it up this evening.

It's grey and gloomy in Paris today and I'm about to visit the Eifel Tower.

The big question is, "to wear my kippa everywhere or a baseball cap?"

Pros: Jewish Pride. Kiddush Hashem.
Cons: Could get beaten up.

I'll let you know how it works out, and put up some pictures as well.

Regards,

Jameel





Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael

20 comments:

YMedad said...

Baseball cap? Wear a catcher's mask, kid:-
London Police Searching for Jewish Attackers


(IsraelNN.com) Three anti-Semites brutally beat two French Jews with rocks and baseball bats in the heavily-Jewish populated area of London's Golders Green. London police have appealed to the public for information that might lead them to the tracks of the three attackers.

The two French visitors were verbally abused by as they left a restaurant and then were attacked, suffering bruises and facial cuts. A London police detective stated, "This unprovoked attack was committed by three young men who targeted the victims purely based on their religion."

tafka PP said...

For I think the second time in recorded history, I agree with YMedad.

deborah said...

chapau , a french beret, baseball cap they'll think you're american - now which is worst to be in france?

Phil said...

I'm as proud as anyone to wear a Kippah, but walking around with one in Paris has got to be the security equivalent of sitting in the wrong section on a mehadrin bus...

Gee a Moron said...

Why go to the Eiffel Tower? Unless you've never been there why spend even one euro beyond the necessities? I wouldn't gp to Paris now as a tourist even if I won a free trip.

~ Sarah ~ said...

lol, i think deborah has the right idea. beret is the way to go!

Jack's Shack said...

Personally I would walk around with my kippah, brass knuckles snd a taser but old Jack has a hard head.

No wait, you should have brought the waffle iron with you. A good clomp on the side of the head would go a long way to adjusting their attitudes.

Ye'he Sh'mey Raba Mevorach said...

Jack - I love it. The waffle iron.
Jameel I totally agree with Gee a Moron. Don't give them any of your money, or any of your eshel money, beyond what you must spend for food, drink and hotel. Don't give the French ANYTHING. I know it's business, and I know you have to be nice to the people over there at the office, but beyond that FAGEDABOUDIT. And come back safe.

Ye'he Sh'mey Raba Mevorach said...

I mean really. France is a dangerous place. Not like it is here at home, safe. :)

Anonymous said...

why not where a kafiyah?

are you afraid of blending in?

AMSHINOVER said...

OU if it is is kosher in the US

so is it

FU if it is kosher in France ?

Olah Chadasha said...

I actually believe that, BY LAW, you're NOT allowed to wear your kippah into a public place. French law states that no overt religious symbols are allowed to be worn in public government sponsored places. I believe a kippa counts as an overt religious symbol. It's the French interpretation of freedom of religion. What else is new... Let us know how it works out.
-OC

Robbie said...

When I was there I didn't where the kippa... I saw enough kafiya scarves to be worried as it was.

Also, make sure you're at the tower one night, around the strike of the hour- it's a pretty cool sight to see.

MUST Gum Addict said...

Well, you know that I'd wear my yarmulka wherever I go. But I do find it odd that Jameel -- the same Jameel who feels safe on a hilltop somewhere in the Shomron -- yes, that same one who feels so secure in his home in Israel -- wonders about his safety elsewhere.

Jameel my brother -- the same G-d that watches over your beloved family in the Shomron is with you now in Paris -- and wherever you may go. Embrace Him.

tnspr569 said...

Stay safe, Jameel. I trust you'll make the right choice.

must- A friend of mine who lives in France does not wear his kippah in public for fear of being attacked, so it might not be such a bad idea for Jameel to wear a hat in this case. Proper hishtadlut is necessary before one can expect Hashem to do His part.

And it really is safe in Jameel's yishuv, b"h. Beautiful, friendly, safe- a wonderful place. I'm too scared to play paintball with my friends, but I'll gladly visit any part of Yesha, especially Jameel's yishuv, without a second thought. Travelling to various destinations in your homeland is quite different from wearing a kippah in an area plagued with anti-Semitism.

Besides, Jews are safest in Israel.

MUST Gum Addict said...

I of course agree with your point. It was simply me being overly idealistic. While I don't understand those who remove their kippot for reasons of embarrassment, I certainly do understand those who remove their kipport for personal safety reasons.

Case in point -- when I was in Amsterdam a few months ago during the World Cup, the Netherlands (Orange) were playing against Argentina (Blue) in one of the final rounds. Had I walked outside wearing anything colored blue that evening, it would have been easier to just jump off a bridge.

Or for those closer to my home, it's kinda like wearing a Red Sox uniform and waving a bloody sock in Yankee Stadium.

YMedad said...

Hey, Jameel can't carry around all his weapons in Paris guys. And dear Slightly Mad, isn't it better the second time around?

Neshama said...

Jameel, please wear the beret! Alot of people want you back in Israel (and blogging)!

DTC said...

The thought of Jameel in a beret is absolutely hilarious.

Robert said...

Let me get this straight: You "friend" begged you to wear your yarmulke in the center of Paris? Your, um, "friend" said that you "must wear it!"

Need I say: With friends like that...

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