My daughter recently started dating, and a Shidduch (match) was suggested. The boy's family requested a picture prior to deciding if they want to proceed. I felt that this was inappropriate for reasons of Tzeniyus (modesty) amongst other possible reasons, such as Bain Adam Lechavairo (treating others properly), photos not showing actual personality thus potentially leading one to saying no to ones Bashert (destined match), and the fact that if the Shidduch does not work out they still have the photo. Does any contemporary Gadol (major authority) discuss whether this is proper or improper?

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    Tznius? Aren't they going to see each other when they go out,maybe ben adam lechaveiro I can hear but tznuis
    – sam
    Jul 6 '15 at 13:07
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    @sam, the point of a photo is to focus on the subject's appearance.
    – Isaac Moses
    Jul 6 '15 at 13:29
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    yeshiva.org.il/ask/57516 din.org.il/2015/06/04/… say it is permissible. That being said, I would look for a better prospect in face of such a request (and a few other similar ones that I've heard about).
    – Yishai
    Jul 6 '15 at 13:55
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    @IsaacMoses Focusing on the subject's appearance is not only permitted, but it is recommended. Tznius should not be an issue, as sam indicated.
    – Double AA
    Jul 6 '15 at 18:15
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    @DoubleAA, one could argue that distributing a photograph promotes a different kind and amount of focus than consideration of someone's appearance in the context of meeting them in person does. I would encourage Gershon Gold to more fully articulate his tzeniyus and other concerns in the question.
    – Isaac Moses
    Jul 6 '15 at 18:18

Yes, both R. Chaim Kanievsky and R. Dovid Feinstein have expressed opposition towards this practice, because one can't get to know a picture. See here.

  • So they had none of the OP's concerns and just thought it's an ineffective technique? That is the only possible read of this answer which is on topic, as the concerns of efficacy are off topic here on MY. Please edit to clarify.
    – Double AA
    Jul 6 '15 at 19:25
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    Rav Moshe Heinemann, Shlita of Baltimore, when consulted by this author on the question, responded, “I do not think that it is within the framework of tznius for a girl to give a picture out where others can possibly see it. This is not with the ruach of Torah.” Rav Shmuel Fuerst, a Dayan in Chicago stated, “This wasn’t the mehalech for doros, and I think it is lacking in tznius. I don’t think it is a proper hanhagah and, besides, a picture can be very deceiving.” Jul 6 '15 at 19:29
  • @GershonGold, re: R. Heinemann's comments, related?
    – Yishai
    Jul 6 '15 at 19:34
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    @GershonGold Do either of them explain what the Tznius issue is? A prospective suitor should look at his prospective wife. What is the problem? I assume the women will be dressed appropriately in the pictures.
    – Double AA
    Jul 6 '15 at 19:36
  • @DoubleAA: They do not explain it in the article. I think it would be an interesting question as to what Tzeniyus is and how is it defined? Jul 6 '15 at 19:38

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