On a recent visit to a desert town in Israel, where summer temperatures reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit and over, I wondered about a large Hassidic community that reside there and their firm style of dress.
- How do Hassidic men, dressed in long, black jackets and other layers, maintain their health in the midst of such unbearable heat?
- Is there any literature/Hassidic opinion that links bodily discomfort as a virtue/ascetic value/etc? Is there any opinion at all that acknowledges the discomfort of wearing this clothing?
- Are there any strategies (besides staying indoors) that Hassidim have for staying comfortable in the heat?
**This question is not meant to judge or mock anyone, but an honest question about religious garb.