Knickers in a knot over wedding myth

Hundreds of young Israeli women hoping to find themselves a husband have been placing their underwear on the tomb of a venerated rabbi in the hopes that their marriage prayers will be answered.

About 400 pairs of panties and bras have been collected by the authorities charged with preserving the tomb of Rabbi Yenothan Ben Uziel in the Amuka region of northern Israel, the Maariv daily reported.

According to Jewish tradition, anyone who is unmarried will meet their soul mate and marry within a year if they visit his tomb.

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However, Rabbi Israel Deri, who protects holy sites in the north, said that the prayers would go unanswered.

“Having consulted with the chief rabbis, I can say with certainty that not only are these women guilty of a profanity but they will also never gain benediction,” he said.

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AFP, via Dispatch Online, France
Dec. 19, 2005

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