In the post about my Brooklyn walkabout I wrote:
Even though the temperature was in the upper eighties and extremely humid, the Hasidim wear these heavy outfits. Maybe that explains why I didn’t see very many of them about. Who wants to walk around in the heat dressed like that?
It turns out that I guessed right! From a recent NY Times article about how the Hasidim wear heavy clothing in the summer:
Samuel Heilman, a professor of sociology at the City University of New York who specializes in Orthodox Jewry, pointed out that Hasidim did not spend idle time outdoors, at best going “from the shop to the yeshiva to the study hall to the house.”
“They spend a lot of time indoors, and they’re not Amish or Luddites, so they have air-conditioning,” Dr. Heilman said.
Hasidim believe that casual time outdoors exposes them to the temptations of the streets, not the least of which are skimpily dressed New Yorkers, said Alexander Rapaport, a Hasid who runs the Masbia soup kitchens in Brooklyn and Queens.
Maybe the Hasidim have more sense than SWPLs who spend unnecessary time outdoors?