This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.
A new music video by a New York- and Philadelphia-based synth band called Potpourri of Pearls is showing ultra-Orthodox yeshiva bochers like we’ve rarely seen them before… at least not in public. The video has two young gay men in standard ultra-Orthodox black pants, white shirts and black kippot kissing in a meadow.
According to band member Adam Brody, 30, the song, “Island,” is about isolation and connection. To illustrate its themes, the video has the two ultra-Orthodox characters meeting by chance along a dirt path, showing sexual interest in one another, and then frolicking and making out among the trees and wildflowers.
Brody is himself gay and Jewish, though not Orthodox. A filmmaker and musician, he formed Potpourri of Pearls two years ago with Sam Allingham, a 28-year-old non-Jewish, straight writer and musician, and music teacher Emily Bate.
“I’ve always been curious about the fact that there aren’t many images showing yarmulkes as sexy,” Brody told The Times of Israel. ”We wanted to get that idea out there and see what the response would be. We thought it would be an interesting experiment.”
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