It may seem a short-sighted solution but blurred glasses are their latest tool available to ultra-orthodox Jewish men who want to stop eyeing up beautiful women.
The specially-designed out of focus glasses are proving popular among so-called ‘Charedi’ men in religious areas of Israel.
The anti-ogle goggles can be snapped up for just a few pounds and feature a sticker on the lens which makes them poorly focused when looking anywhere except for the space in the immediate vicinity.
Focusing in: Specially-designed out of focus glasses are proving popular among so-called ‘Charedi’ men in religious areas of Israel, who want to avoid impure thought
The glasses provide clear vision for a few metres, but anything anything further away becoms blurry.
The glasses are on sale in religious neighbourhoods of Jerusalem such as Mea Shearim.
According to some reports, the glasses are just one item in a range ‘modesty’ accessories on offer in the area.
Orthodox men can also purchase blinkers or vision-impeding hoods – as famously worn by Sephardi Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira.
The Committee for Purity in the Camp also supplies portable screens that can be erected in an airline seat to block passing women from views and prevent men from inadvertently watching in-flight movie with scantily-clad women.
The eyes have it: The glasses provide clear vision for a few metres, but anything anything further away becoms blurry. They are on sale in religious neighbourhoods of Jerusalem such as Mea Shearim
Wearers may fear they look a bit of a spectacle, but according to a report in the Maariv newspaper, the products come with a message saying they should be proud rather than embarrassed when using the items in public.
In an effort to maintain their strictly devout lifestyle, the ultra-Orthodox have separated the sexes on buses, sidewalks and other public spaces in their neighborhoods.
Their interpretation of Jewish law forbids contact between men and women who are not married.
Walls in their neighborhoods feature signs exhorting women to wear closed-necked, long-sleeved blouses and long skirts. Extremists have reported confronted women they consider to have flouted the code.