Is it considered to be "un-tznius" (immodest) for ladies to tear keriyah (rip their clothes in mourning) in public?

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    related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/2219/1059 – Adam Mosheh Jun 19 '12 at 4:04
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    That's not a reason to do a full rollback whereby you also lose the explanation and appropriate tags. Just edit the word tear back in if you want. – Double AA Jun 19 '12 at 14:56
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    Who voted to close as off topic? – Double AA Jun 20 '12 at 21:31
  • @AdamMosheh typically frum women are wearing more than one layer. they tear the top layer – SAH Aug 7 '18 at 22:12

The Shulchan Aruch rules (YD 340:11) that women and men have an equal obligation in terms of keri'a, but that women should turn their undershirt around after tearing it before tearing her overshirt. Furthermore, in :15 he rules that a woman who performed keri'a is allowed to perform a non-professional stitch-up immediately after tearing, whereas a man would have to wait 30 days to do so when tearing for his parents.

  • Why shouldn't men do the same? Modesty is for both genders. – Adam Mosheh Jun 19 '12 at 14:56
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    @AdamMosheh Modesty is for both genders and each gender has a different way of being modest. – Double AA Jun 19 '12 at 14:57
  • @AA - But why should men be less modest than women? – Adam Mosheh Jun 19 '12 at 15:03
  • @AdamMosheh Not less. Different. – Double AA Jun 19 '12 at 15:04
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    @AdamMosheh Because women have breasts, and men don't. So a tear in the top would be immodest for women only. – user2392 Feb 13 '13 at 11:29

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