A strange and rather embarrassing image of an identifiably Jewish man sitting on a plane inside an enormous plastic bag has gone viral in the Jewish online world, and even appeared in the mainstream British press, provoking a wide range of comment – much of it derisory.
This is not the first time such an image has been seen. A few years back a chareidi Jew was observed on a plane enrobed in bubble wrap, and on another occasion an actual “body bag” was used. In all cases the wrapping was – despite comments (and wishes) to the contrary – not hermetically sealed, and allowed breathing.
It is not my intention to justify the behavior of the man in the bag – in fact it wouldn’t even matter for my purposes if it were proved that the picture was a fake – instead I would like to explore how we react when confronted with a strange image of this kind.