An Orthodox Jewish school in Brooklyn has banned students from wearing thick-rimmed glasses, claiming that the retro-styled specs pose a serious threat to traditional Jewish values.

Parents of students at Borough Park’s Bobover Yeshiva B’Nei Zion were kindly asked to refrain from supplying their children with heavy framed spectacles, and asked instead to provide wire-framed glasses, which are apparently much better suited for good Jewish boys.

“We are asking that everyone buy simple glasses,” read a letter issued to the parents, first published on the popular Failed Messiah blog. “What we have to commit ourselves to is we have to stand on top of this and not tolerate the new modernism.”

The yeshiva’s heads warned of the dangers posed by society’s current norms, and observed that thick rims give children a “very coarse look” indeed.

“The good deed that accompanied the Jews in Egypt was that they didn’t change their names and clothes, and this same strength is still accompanying us and maintaining us in exile — in all generations,” the letter explained.

Parents were asked to exchange the “immodest” frames and told that the expense should be viewed as an “educational boost.”

Local eyewear shops in the area have already reported a leap in exchanges of glasses worn by celebrities such as Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift, for more modest, wiry pairs of specs, the New York Post reported.


Editor’s note: This article was corrected on May 19 in order to add attribution to the New York Post and