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My impression was religious Jewish women wear skirts and dresses - and not pants - because pants are a man's garment and there is a prohibition against cross-dressing. However, when skiing, everyone wears pants, and wearing a dress is obviously impractical and even dangerous.

My question is: Does Halachah allow Jewish women to wear baggy ski pants while skiing?

share|improve this question… just saying... – Danno Mar 19 '13 at 19:22
Dupe? – Seth J Mar 19 '13 at 19:39

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Rav Yitzchak Weiss forbids ski pants on women in Minchas Yitzchak 2:108, though as noted by yitznewton in this question R' Yehuda Henkin permitted baggy pants on women, and presumably would have been okay with ski pants in particular.

R' Weiss sums up his opinion with the laconic rhyme "לא תגלוש ולא תלבוש," which I still remember years after encountering it for the first time.

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As far as I know, the reason for women not wearing pants doesn't have to do with their being male garments. Especially today, nobody thinks twice upon seeing a woman wearing pants.

I believe that the main reason for wearing skirts over pants is due to tzniut (modesty); however, a large number of modern poskim rule that there is no problem at all with women wearing loose pants. As yitznewton points out in this answer to a question, Rabbi Yehuda Henkin rules as such.

Undoubtedly, some people will disagree.

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I remember hearing Rabbi Bertram Left (former O-U Synagogues director and before that a shul rav) answer this question raised by his teenage daughter (now a Judaic studies teacher at Stern College). He instructed her to wear a loose skirt over her ski pants.

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