An Orthodox Jewish school in Brooklyn has banned its students from wearing the thick-framed retro glasses that are currently in style. Borough Park’s Bobover Yeshiva B’Nei Zion wrote a letter to parents advising them about the school’s new policy.
“We are asking that everyone buy simple glasses,” reads the letter. “The yeshiva will not tolerate thick plastic eye glasses. Thick frames, often seen on celebrities such as LeBron James and Justin Timberlake, give the child a very fat look.”
The school is not interested in catering to the latest fashion trends and wants its students to wear traditional clothing and eyewear, The New York Post reported.
“What we have to commit ourselves to is we have to stand on top of this and not tolerate the new modernism. The good deed that accompanied the Jews in Egypt was that they didn’t change their names and clothes, and this same strength is still accompanying us and maintaining us in exile — in all generations.”
At least one person isn’t impressed by the school’s new policy.
“Instead of spending their energy and resources on teaching students important things about Judaism. these ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools spend their time, energy, and resources on how the children should or shouldn't dress. What a shame. It is time for new leadership,” said Brooklyn resident Moshe Drummer.
“It doesn’t matter what age — a student cannot come to yeshiva with these glasses,” the letter reads.