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
    Mar 4 '14 at 4:51
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    I assume the man wouldn't have to consider beged ish issues.
    – Double AA
    Mar 4 '14 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
    Mar 4 '14 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
    Jul 27 '16 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
    Aug 5 '16 at 21:20


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
    Mar 4 '14 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
    Mar 4 '14 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. Mar 4 '14 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. Mar 4 '14 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
    Mar 4 '14 at 15:36

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