Reversing its 2006 ruling banning any witchcraft-related dress-up, Israel’s Conservative Movement on Monday agreed to allow Harry Potter-themed cosplay at key holidays and events such as Sukkot, Lag B’Omer and Mishnah-Con. The move effectively re-joins the Israeli branch with the American branch, which has been allowing all forms of cosplay and questionable demonic dress-up for many years.
To kick-off the new decree, the movement’s Schechter Rabbinical Seminary has scheduled a July 29th Tisha B’Av – Harry Potter gala, bringing the Jewish community together to commemorate both the Roman’s destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and Lord Voldemort’s destruction of Hogwarts in Scotland.
The Conservative Jewish debate over Harry Potter and other idolatry-based cosplay has raged for the last decade, pitting rabbinical scholars against each other, resulting in shouting matches, angry protests and the breaking of numerous magic wands and quidditch sticks.
The Monday vote was unanimous, with 18 rabbis favoring the rule change. One rabbi abstained, claiming the last two Potter movies were so bad they made John Carter look like A Serious Man.
Assembly spokesperson Rabbi Mordecai Blechman-Perez explained, “This is an important milestone in Jewish law. All of us were created in the image of god, and we are all made equal, including Jews who wish to dress up as Harry Potter, Hermione, Snape or other abominations. We now embrace these deceivers, practitioners of sorcery and witchcraft who under normal circumstances should not be allowed to live. And we rejoice.”
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