Out of sight, out of mind is an adage that appears to have been taken very literally by popular Orthodox singer-songwriter Yonatan Razel of late.
Footage emerged Monday in which Razel is seen performing at a concert with tape stuck across his eyes, as he continues to sing and play the keyboard, so as to avoid looking at women dancing close to the stage.
Jewish law prohibits men from watching women dance, since it may sexually arouse them, so Razel came up with his innovative solution.
A formal response to the footage on behalf of the singer read: “Yonatan Razel’s face was uncovered for the entire performance. The part in which he is seen with his eyes covered happened for mere minutes, when women formed dance circles at the foot of the stage.” His acquaintances told Haredi website Kikar Hashabbat that when Razel realizes the women want to dance he knows they are the ones who feel uncomfortable doing so in front of a man because they’re religious, and that’s why he put on the tape.