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Other than the possibilities of immodest dress and behavior, and the more general issues of the mixing of the genders (see Masecheth Succah 51b and, e.g., Igroth Moshe, Orach Chayim I:39), there is no specific prohibition inherent to the physical act of swimming. Obviously, clothing that might be modest when dry might not be so when wet. And generally, ...


First, some context: Unfortunately, the question of whether or not it is permissible according to the halakha to swim on Shabath has become yet another marker of one's neighbor's frumkeit and subsequently their commitment to sh'mirath ha-misswoth. Like so many other humroth that have been contrived in the name of "custom," this too has become a source of ...

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