“We are asking that everyone buy simple glasses,” reads a letter written in Yiddish that was recently issued to parents of students at Borough Park’s Bobover Yeshiva B’Nei Zion. “What we have to commit ourselves to is we have to stand on top of this and not tolerate the new modernism.”Students had started to wear the newly in style thick-framed and multicolored glasses.“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,” explains the letter, which calls for traditional more chassis Isherwood style eyewear.
School officials admit there’s no easy way to head off trends, since styles fluctuate so much.
“It doesn’t matter what age — a student cannot come to yeshiva with these glasses,” the letter reads.Parents are asked to exchange the “immodest” frames and told that the expense should be viewed as an “educational boost.”Lumiere Eyewear, a local optical shop, said it has already exchanged 30 pairs in just two weeks.School officials recently descended on another local eyewear shop, MS Optical, to inspect its wares, an employee told The Post.“They basically said these are the Hasidic ones — and those are not,” the employee said.The store keeps its “acceptable” glasses — frameless, semi-rimless — in a separate display, far away from bolder styles.Students — all wearing plain, wire-framed glasses — said they support the edict.“What one kid does, another will copy. The school doesn’t want a domino effect,” said Nafle Frank.