FEW GRIPES WITH THESE STRIPES
DID clothing retailer H&M get in an unnecessary flap when it withdrew a striped scarf bearing a distinct resemblance to a tallit from sale in Israel?
Most people here saw no problem with the garment.
While Reform Senior Rabbi Laura JannerKlausner, who tweeted a picture of herself wearing one, admitted feeling ambivalent about the item, she added, “even so the idea of many British people walking around with the absolute likeness of a tallit is quite astounding but maybe should be taken as a compliment”.
A Jewish Studies teacher at a Jewish school, who sported one on Shabbat, said she thought any objections were “ridiculous — it is not disrespectful or making a mockery”.
United Synagogue Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet recommended that those who wore one should say a prayer — “for better weather”. Leo Baeck rabbinic students Deborah Blausten (left) and Anna Posner sport the H&M scarf