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Va'ad HaTznius Not So Modest

By Simone Weichselbaum

Posted on 02/22/13 | News Source NY Daily News |

A gang of overbearing religious scolds is targeting Jewish store owners who open shops in Williamsburg’s Satmar Hasidic enclave, ordering them to comply with a shadowy but strict set of standards or face sinful consequences.

Residents said the Va’ad Hatznius — known as the modesty patrol — struck again Thursday, blanketing lightposts and car windshields with flyers calling for the boycott of a new women’s clothing shop at 100 Lee Ave. and trumpeting an afternoon protest.

The store’s offense? Having big windows, through which the sight of women holding up dresses and picking through clothes are too easily observed from the street.

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Photo Caption: A new women’s shop is the latest merchant to be targeted by Williamsburg’s Satmar Hasidic “modesty patrol.” The shadowy standard-bearers have already called a boycott, saying the are put off by the windows. (Todd Maisel/New York Daily News)


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