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Many things we take seriously today had very humble beginnings. From a purely practical perspective, black clothing requires less maintenance. In times before quick, cheap, efficient cleaning1 laundry was a major undertaking, and some outerwear (like hats) didn't like soap and water. Walking around a European city that could politely be described as ...


See Rabbi Wein's blog The tradition of Jews is to dress modestly. Over the ages and in different communities, this has had varied expressions in the type of clothing worn but in all instances the common denominator of Jewish clothing was that it enhanced modesty of appearance.  Even though Jews in the early Middle Ages wore maroon and brown ...

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