May a woman (or a man) wear immodest clothing over an artificial part of her body?

(Lets assume that beged ish is not a consideration)

i.e. if she has artifical legs, may she wear short shorts?

Possible considerations include whether it's considered wearing.

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    Do the artificial body parts look like forbidden things? Pictures or pixels resembling naked people aren't good even though they aren't naked people.
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 4:51
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    I assume the man wouldn't have to consider beged ish issues.
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 5:40
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    If your question is "is it considered wearing" then why not include beged ish ? if you are asking about modesty then you should edit your question to reflect that.
    – eramm
    Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 11:27
  • Why should the artificial limb be considered a separate part of the person while they are wearing it? It does the same job as the limb that it is replacing, and will draw the eye the same way. בראיה בעלמא קני בבא מציאה
    – Nathan
    Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 16:59
  • Why is an artificial limb considered ervah? She's not leaving the shok and pritzus raglayim uncovered because she doesn't have a shok or raglayim.
    – DonielF
    Commented Aug 5, 2016 at 21:20

3 Answers 3


It depends whether the artificial limb is recognized as such. If it is, then there should not really be an issue. If not, it would be Mar'is Ayin.

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    – mbloch
    Commented Nov 1, 2022 at 3:55

Keep in mind that there are three issues here. In terms of the responsibility of the women to cover her Erva until the Shok, that would obviously not apply here where it is not a real leg and thus not an erva. However, there may be an issue of Maris Ayin if it looks real. Additionally, one must also keep in mind that there is an issue of Lifnei Iver Lo Sitain Michshol to cause someone else (here a male) to have forbidden/lustful thoughts. Accordingly, if the prosthetic is realistic it is reasonable to expect it to cause sinful thoughts just as it is an issue for someone to wear obscene images on their cloths.



If wearing a short skirt will cause others to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable, to see a pair of metal legs, then it would seemingly be forbidden to intentionally put those people in that situation.

If the communal standard in that place is that women wear a certain length of skirt, then wearing a short one would violate "al tifrosh" (Pirkei Avot, 2:5) even if it didn't violate tznius.

  • Your statements may make good sense (though arguably the communal standard is to cover parts of the body and not to wear a length of skirt -- after all, who measure in inches? People measure to a body part, which is irrelevant here -- but whatever), but the links you included seem AFAICT to have nothing at all to do with what you wrote.
    – msh210
    Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 14:15
  • @msh210 Thank you. The first link is a full treatment of the concept of embarrassment in halacha. If a woman in an observant community chooses to show off her metal legs (instead of wearing a normal length skirt that covers them), it can make others feel embarrassed / uncomfortable, which is itself a prohibition. I removed the second link, and simply added the citation in Pirkei Avot, which was my original intention. Many Beis Yaakov schools measure skirts in inches. In a "BY" type community, it would be "al tifrosh".
    – Oholiav
    Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 14:23
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    1. So if my face is disfigured, I must not go out in public so other people don't have the tzar of having to look at me? However 2. If the skirt length is mandated not due to tznius but due to custom, then I could understand why al tifrosh would be a consideration. Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 15:03
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    Lets say this woman was a regular wearer of short shorts and then lost her legs in an accident. The shorts are not a new phenomena meant to show off the metal legs. Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 15:12
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    AFAIK girls' schools that measure in inches measure in "inches below the knee", which is irrelevant here (as there's no knee). But I may well be wrong.
    – msh210
    Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 15:36

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