Hasidic Rabbis and Iran Imams Agree On One Thing: Zumba Is Very, Very Bad

Iran generated headlines around the world last week and sparked a vicious backlash after its government did the unthinkable: they made Zumba illegal.

But, as Haaretz points out, the Muslim clerics who hope to purge Iran of “Zumba and any harmonious movement or body-shaking instruction” might find sympathy among their sworn enemies: ultra-Orthodox rabbis.

Four years ago, a rabbinical court in the settlement community of Beitar Illit ruled that Zumba and its catchy Latin dance-pop music is “at odds with both the ways of the Torah and the holiness of Israel.” Zumba-inclined women in Beitar Illit went elsewhere for their fix.

In 2013, a New York area rabbi linked Zumba to prostitution.

Utra-Orthodox women have responded by sanitizing the lyrics, leading to a “Jewmba” craze in the UK.

Contact Ari Feldman at feldman@forward.com or on Twitter @aefeldman.

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