Sunday, April 15, 2012

Christianity Sneaks Into Israeli Clothing Store (חנות בגדים קסטרו מושפעה ע"י נוצרות?)

24 of the First Month 5772

תקציר בעברית נמצא למטה

Esser Agaroth commentary is interspersed in blue italics.

YNET: Brand Uses Lord's Prayer On T-shirts
Castro T-shirts include print of Christian prayer, much to embarrassment of one customer who unknowingly purchased shirt and wore it to synagogue

Itamar Marilus, April 15, 2012

Barak Tamir, a religious IDF officer, recently discovered that he might soon need to look for a 'kosher' stamp on his clothes and not just his food. Tamir, who purchased a T-Shirt from Israeli fashion brand Castro, found out after the fact that his shirt included a reprint of The Lord's Prayer, a well known Christian prayer.

Tamir purchased the shirt a few days before the Passover holiday and decided to wear his new purchase to holiday services at his local synagogue. Towards the end of the prayer service, an older man, who was sitting behind him, turned to him and asked him to stay at the synagogue after services to chat.

Native English-speakers in Israel MUST understand that it is our special role to point these things out to our non-English speaking friends, family, neighbors, and even total strangers. If you often wonder about what native English-speakers have to contribute to Am Yisra'el living in Eretz Yisra'el, this is it! It is at least one of the important things we can contribute. Most native Israelis would not know a Christian if he came up and smacked him in the face,...or worse,...if he came up and smiled at him! They have no clue at all just how sneaky these ovdei avodah zarah are by nature! Whereas, not only are we able to decipher such messages, otherwise hidden to our friends, family, neighbors, and strangers on the street, even those of us having the least knowledge of Christians from the U. S., Canada, the U. K., Australia, etc., has enough experience to detect these sneaky people a mile away! Kol HaKavod to whoever it was who pointed out the problem to Tamir.
Later, the man asked Tamir if he knew what the inscription on his shirt meant and claimed that he believed it was a Christian prayer. When the holiday was over Tamir looked into the matter and was astonished to discover that indeed, the inscription was that of The Lord's Prayer from the New Testament.
There's no such thing as a "new testament." YNET could have used the term "Christian texts."
"Personally I have no problem with anybody who chooses to wear whatever shirt they feel like wearing," Tamir wrote on his Facebook page.
I will assume that Tamir said such things because he wanted the story to be printed and/or his religious education neglected the teaching of [politically-incorrect] misswoth (Torah commandments) related to avodah zarah (forbidden practices) in Israel. or, who knows? Maybe YNET did some "creative editing" with Tamir's quotes.
"I do however have a problem with an Israeli brand which, through subliminal messaging, plants Christian messages in its clothing and makes people walk around with shirts with these inscriptions without them wishing to do so. A shirt that at first seems innocent becomes a shirt with a message," he added.

"I'm not even talking about the discomfort I felt when I realized what the shirt was about, and it is possible that I should have read the inscription in detail before I bought it, but the main question is why does an Israeli company choose to promote a clothing line using a Christian prayer?"

Castro allowed Tamir to exchange the shirt and added: "Castro designers draw their inspiration from various and diverse cultural content. The print on the shirt is the creation of the designer which was done as part of a gothic inspiration and not at all in its religious context."
A likely story...

למה מוכרים חולצות שמודפסות בהן תפילות הנוצרים בחנות בגדים קסטרו?

ככה אנשי קסטרו מסבירים:

" המעצבים של קסטרו משיגים את השראתם מתכנים תרבותיים שונים ומגוונים. ההדפסה על החולצה היא היצירה של מעצב שטוען שהיא מבוסס על משהו גוטי ולא על משהו דתי בכלל."

נו, באמת.

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