I am not a big proponent of being Shomer Negiah for a whole variety of reasons. I came across this story on YNet and thought that I’d give it a little play here.
“PETACH TIKVA – Regulars at a Tel Aviv-area pub catering to the ultra-Orthodox community say it enables religious youngsters to experiment with a more liberal, wanton lifestyle.
The popular hangout, Meidale, offers revelers a strictly kosher menu, but also serves as a meeting place where ultra-Orthodox males and females can mix freely and discover the joys of sex.
The pub makes ultra-Orthodox youngsters feel at home and gives them an opportunity to mingle with a variety of people, says â€œZviâ€ (not his real name.) None of the pubâ€™s attendees would permit themselves to be identified by their names.
“It’s a place any haredi (ultra-Orthodox) can feel comfortable at,” he says. “We don’t feel alienated here.”
Sex in the bathrooms
One of the pub’s main attractions for Zvi and his friends is the chance to meet women. After all, members of the ultra-Orthodox community are forbidden from approaching females on the street, while couples meet only five times before getting married.
Zvi says he takes advantage of the opportunity to engage in sexual activity at the pub, although he frequents the pub to make friends.
“It’s easier to make out with an ultra-Orthodox girl who’s looking to breach the wall,” he says.
Zvi says he does not look for full-blown sex, but admits some of his friends do just that. He says he recently came to the pub with a friend who ended up having sex in the bathroom with a girl he just met.
“The girls here drink a little and open up,” he says.”
I can’t say that I am surprised to read any of this.