VIDEO & PHOTOS: On The Way to Uman for Rosh Hashana 5774 – Check Out The ‘Shmiras Einayim Bands’




Singing and dancing could be seen in the terminal of the airport as tens of thousands of people make their way to Uman ahead of Rosh Hashanah. Armed with siddurim, Sifrei Torah, and guitars, one can feel the excitement as people make their way to check in counters on their yearly pilgrimage. The new fashion this years seems to be shemiras eyinaim bands for navigating the airport.

Beginning on Sunday, 26 Elul 5773 until erev Rosh Hashanah 5774, 20,000 mispallalim will be making their way from Eretz Yisrael to Uman on 115 flights to spend Rosh Hashanah at the tziyun of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov ZT”L ZY”A.

The busiest day will be Monday, 27 Elul, with 7,585 travelers scheduled to depart from Ben-Gurion International Airport on 47 flights. 4,397 passengers were scheduled to depart on Sunday on 27 flights.

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  1. Does it come with a seeing eye dog? What will they come up with next? Why is the shemiras eyinaim band only for the airport? What about the streets? Maybe they could use blinders like those used for horses, or have different streets for men and women.

  2. Interesting, but the heading “check out the shmiras einayim bands” is a little misleading. Without getting into whether it’s normal or not, if you look closely it’s the same few people wearing them in all the pictures and certainly not a new Breslov trend. Now, the self hating Jews out there will have some more bait to hock about. I wonder if the people who look more like their on their way to Woodstock than Uman will bother them as much as the shmiras einayim bands? probably not…

  3. i’d like to know how the kid in the main photo knows someone it taking a picture of him if the point of the shmiras ha-eynayim band is to ensure you cant see

  4. Things which are a Chilul Hashem such as , a minhag that never existed before and is as made up and twisted as the Breslov Berka women, are allowed to be mocked. What we really should do is be Mocha , but at this point, who has the strength .
    I think it is a proves that a “Chassidus” without a Rebbe is very dangerous.

  5. In the times of the Neviyim they used to wear these eye- covers, that’s why nobody put on Tefilin in those days, because by Tefilin it says Bein Einecho.

  6. this reminds me of a gemara in sotah. פרוש קוזאי says the gemara is some who is מקיז דם לכתלים. rashi explains this refers to someone who closes his eyes so as too not look at woman, and by doing so bangs his head into walls. i dont think hashem intended for people to walk into walls. or to worship dead people, but thats a seperate matter.

  7. Aside from the craziness, I thought all these people learn Torah all day and are so poor. How could they all afford the trip and with children too?

  8. Where is the chillul hashem in wearing sunglasses? It is a bigger chillul hashem to make fun of other people for no other reason than to make fun of them.

  9. If its a mitzvah to criticize someone that is not keeping a mitzvah it is even more important to criticize and ridicule someone who makes a farce out of keeping a mitzvah because their behavior only serves to drive even more yidden away from observing taryag mitzvot. When a non-observant yid sees these absurd and bizarre behaviors it only makes them more convinced they do not want to be a shomer torah utmitzvos.

  10. There is no Chilul Hashem to wear sunglasses. It is a Chillul Hashem to wear a cloth over your eyes like pin the tail on the donkey in public while attempting to travel .
    This should be common sense. If it was their minhag it would be one thing . But it’s not. They are just making up things as the go which embarrass us all.
    If we don’t speak out against their ever expanding lunacy then we are part of the crime.
    Since there is no Rebbe to address these new chumras to as he has been dead for 200 years this is the only forum.

  11. 14. I haven’t but i’m sure you’re right.

    I never turn anyone down for Tzeddakah, but this doesn’t qualify as such. Leaving Eretz Yisroel and one’s family for Yom Tovim to go to Uman doesn’t strike me as something Hashem or even Rebbe Nachman would approve of.