The No Pants Subway Ride on the Jerusalem light rail on Jan. 13, 2013.(Ada Broussard)

When reporter Daniel Estrin first heard through the grapevine that Jerusalemites were planning on participating in the international 12th annual No Pants Subway Ride, he thought: This cannot go well.

For those who aren’t familiar, the No Pants Subway Ride invites participants to ride together without acknowledging one another or the fact that they are significantly underdressed. (Nudity is not allowed; participants must sport some form of underwear.) Since its inception, it has grown exponentially. Four thousand New Yorkers participated this past Sunday, along with thousands more across the United States and in 17 countries around the world.

But Jerusalem? A town where, in some quarters, visitors may be assaulted for “immodest dress” even when they are fully clothed? Estrin decided to tag along to see how the pantsless commuters fared. His dispatch is the second installment in our Hidden Jerusalem series, which reports on aspects of Jerusalem life that are usually obscured—like underwear. [Running time: 11:37.]

Jerusalem No Pants Subway Ride, January 13, 2013
Photographs by Ada Broussard