We Ask a Rabbi (and His Wife!) to Review Purim-Ready Runway Looks

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Earlier this weekPratt Institute's Religious Affairs Committee Chair Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, and his wife, Rebbetzin Ariella Weinstein, shared their thoughts on some of New York Fashion Week's most over the top ensembles. And now they're back for round two — Purim edition! 

"On the holiday of Purim, which is just a few days away, it is customary to dress in costumes, the idea being that we "drop our daily masks," which we all hide behind," Rabbi Simcha told StyleBistro. 

So, with February 23rd and 24th in mind, let's read the couple's thoughts on a few of the runway's masquerade-worthy looks!


Libertine: "As masks go, this is an interesting look," Rabbi Simcha said. "Although I'm not sold on the "lurking eye" sweater pattern, which is fine as I probably can't afford it anyway!"

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Rodarte: "I actually think this Pocahontas look is quite lovely," Ariella said. Us, too! 

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N. Hoolywood: "I realize we are in a recession, but do we really need to copy the UPS man?" Rabbi Simcha asked. 

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Marc by Marc Jacobs: "If I was 10 years younger and 50 pounds lighter, this could be my Purim costume," Rabbi Simcha said. "By the way — Purim is the joyous holiday celebrating the salvation of the Jews as recounted in the Book of Esther." 

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Thom Browne: "The Tim Burton look is kinda cool," Ariella said, "but I wouldn't let my daughter out dressed like that." 

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Jeremy Scott: "Braveheart meets Bigfoot does not work for me! I seem to recall Vanilla Ice sporting that hairstyle from my Bar Mitzvah days," Rabbi Simcha told us. 

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Rabbi Simcha Weinstein is a best-selling author who recently was voted "New York’s Hippest Rabbi" by PBS Channel 13. He chairs the religious affairs committee at Pratt Institute and recently published his latest book, The Case for Children: Why Parenthood Makes Your World Better. 


Mrs. Ariella Weinstein is the co-founder and director of the Rohr Jewish Center in Clinton Hilll. She holds an MA in Sepcial Education and lives with her husband and four children (who don't sleep) in Brooklyn.
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