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Questions tagged [tznius-modesty]

Questions about the Jewish laws and customs of modesty in dress, speech, and behavior.

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Guarding Eyes for Noahides (Shemirat Eynayim)?

Are Noahides required to guard their eyes (Shemirat Eynayim) as Jews are? Is there some information in Jewish religious literature addressing this question?
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Modesty of the other side

Rav Tzadok haCohen in Peri Tzaddik on Vayishlach, section 11, last paragraph, discusses that Persian/Medean exile corresponds to Yaakov avinu. In passing, he discusses the Talmud (Bavli Berachos 8b) ...
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Mekoros book for עוז והדר לבושה

Throughout the work on Tzniut entitled Oz VeHadar Levusha, by R. Pesach Falk, he refers to a separate book of his entitled "Mekorot" which includes a more complete list of the sources he bases his ~...
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Asking the husband about the wife אַיֵּה שָׂרָה אִשְׁתֶּךָ - what are the views of contemporary poskim?

Rashi on Braishis 18 (9) says We learn that a person should ask in his lodging place of the husband about the wife, and of the wife about the husband The Shulchan Oruch Horav says One may ...
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Can a man walk by a womans Mikvah

Someone just told me that he was taught that a man should not walk by a women's mikvah at night Is this true? Is there a source for this?
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When did knee-high skirts become the standard of Haredi women?

Long skirts and dresses, covering ankles and feet was the standard of the women's fashion before on the dawn of the 20th century when the Beyt Yaakov movement began (actually earlier, but that's not ...
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What was the size of the כָּתְנוֹת עוֹר?

What was the size of the כָּתְנוֹת עוֹר (garments of skins for Adam and his wife) (Genesis 3:21)? By "size", I mean, was the garment just covering the area that an underwear would cover, or was it a ...
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Modesty for Men - Bodybuilding and Judaism [closed]

I have two practical questions concerning Modesty (Tzniut) for men and what Halacha says about it which concerns bodybuilding: Can a man take half-naked pictures of himself (with only shorts or pans ...
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Why is a Moaviyah acceptable to marry?

The pasuk (Dev 23:4) says that a Moavi and Amoni cannot marry into the Jewish people. The stated reasons are that they did not provide bread and water (as mentioned in Dev 23) and "he" hired Bil'am. ...
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Hilchos brachos [duplicate]

We know it’s asur to make a bracha in front of a married women- who’s hair is exposed. Does this apply to pictures of a married women with exposed hair? If yes Does this apply when a married ...
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Help with a quote from the Talmud regarding the good old days

I vaguely remember a quote from the Talmud, where a Rabbi was saying that in his youth the boys and girls would play together in the streets and there were no tzniut issues. Does anyone recognize ...
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Can pants ever be considered modest?

What are the sources that would support the position that pants can be modest if: a) they are very loose almost resembling a skirt or b) by wearing a top that is long enough that it covers all the ...
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Tznius status of the chest area

In common nowadays practice the woman's chest area is treated on par with the lower part and must be covered (swimsuits etc, ads, movies rating etc). According to the laws of Tznius (modesty), is ...
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Couples sleeping in a bed in public view

This question / answer discusses the issue of Couple's showing affection in public. In regard to that, I was wondering whether it would be permitted / appropriate for a couple to sleep in a bed ...
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Is there a halacha [either modesty or taharah] against more than one woman at a time immersing in a mikvah for T'vilah?

Is there a halacha [in either modesty law or taharah law] against more than one woman at a time immersing in a mikvah for t'vilah, (ritual imersion), (If each woman's tvilah was supervised properly by ...
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What would be the status of the hair of a person who underwent a full gender change procedure concerning שער באשה ערוה? [duplicate]

What would be the status of the hair of a person who underwent a full gender change procedure and now looks completely like the opposite gender, concerning שער באשה ערוה? [A woman's hair is considered ...
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kavod hatorah vs tznius/kol Isha

if one is in a non orthodox synagogue and suddenly has thoughts of repentance as a woman is called up to the torah, what takes precedence? should he walk out because he feels this practice is ...
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Source for tznius? [closed]

I am looking for information into the history of tznius in Jewish communities around the world. The main thing I'm interested is the differences in standards of modesty between different Jewish ...
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Talmud passage relevant to #metoo

At the Seder table, my sister told me about a passage in the Talmud advocating that women go to the toilet together, lest they be raped. I was wondering if anyone had the exact location?
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Source for the Chazon Ish saying that long jackets are preferable?

I have heard it first hand from no less than two different rabbis, and seen it in various places (unsourced*) that the Chazon Ish held that short jackets were not tznius, and this is why certain ...
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Glancing at a photo of a potential spouse before the first date? [duplicate]

What is the general consensus of דעת תורה regarding having a quick glance at a picture of a potential spouse prior to the first date. More specifically if there is an element of inappropriateness ...
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Is there a significant group of women who wear pants?

It seems that the issue of a woman wearing pants is a heated one and there are varying opinions as to why it is a problem. Assuming that Beged Ish is not a problem (pants that are specifically made ...
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what does כל כבודה בת מלך פנימה refer to?

I always assumed that כל כבודה בת מלך פנימה (Tehillim 45:14) refers to a girl remaining at home, and that is how the mefarshim seem to explain it (Ibn Ezra and Radak). However, I hear it used ...
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Can an engaged woman cover part of her hair as a practice in tzniut?

When a woman becomes engaged, can she practice covering her hair a little bit at a time (both in the amount of time spent with hair covered as well as how much of the hair is covered), such as wearing ...
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Tzniut sources for men

Does anyone know halachic sources or books that discuss tzniut for men? Can a women see the chest of a man?legs etc? What books deal with these issues, If any?
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For what purpose do married women need to cover their hair

I'm looking for a sourced reason for what purpose married women (as opposed to women who were never married) need to cover their hair. I have found that it is assumed that it is to make her less ...
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Is it against halacha for a woman to play a musical instrument in front of a man?

I'm a BT and have gotten my bachelor's and master's in percussion performance. I started becoming observant during my master's and now I'm wondering how the future will be playing music and being a ...
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Why is long tichel immodest?

I remember hearing from a rabbi and other sources about very long tichel being not tznooyah. What are the sources for this?
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Do Kohanim check Tzaraas on covered parts of the body?

A Kohen has to do an inspection of one who got Tzaraas. What would he do if the person who got Tzaraas was a woman, and the Tzaraas was in a "covered place". How would a Kohen inspect it?
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Is it bad for one to let bits of one's personal life become known online?

Isaac Moses wrote: Over the years, Gershon Gold has demonstrated great research skills, often coming up with on-point sources for interesting Halachic questions very quickly. He has also been an ...
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Can an Orthodox frum woman who keeps tziniut ride a motorcycle?

Can an Orthodox frum woman who keeps tziniut ride a motorcycle? If yes, then what type of clothes should she wear to keep her tzniut (knees covered with skirt).
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Is it okay for a man to straighten his hair?

Is a man allowed to use a flat iron to straighten his hair if the person doesn't like having curly hair?
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Does my wife have to wear a head covering and tzniut clothing while in the house? [duplicate]

If it's just my Wife and I and nobody else is home, can my wife wear clothing that isn't as modest? Assuming my wife is uncovered during relations, wouldn't that imply it's okay to have her knees, ...
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Tzniut question

Where's written/mentioned about redidth (any Jewish sources on this issue please)? And the second quesiton. Is it a proper way to keep tzniut with wearing redidth if: i) a woman live in an secular ...
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Can one get their hair cut by someone of the other gender?

Can one get their head hair cut by someone of the opposite gender? Is the unavoidable proximity and contact problematic? Assume no issue of seclusion applies. I'm asking about the issue of proximity ...
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May one install a web cam to check in on an elderly parent?

With a friend, I discussed the idea of installing a web cam to check in on an elderly parent who lives in her apartment alone and is serviced by a Gentile aid. The children are concerned that the aid ...
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Should Jewish men be courteous to women in public?

I always heard that it is not modest to publicly be courteous to woman (if a Jewish woman needs help you should help her, but if she does not, just you are holding the door for her or giving her the ...
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Government-forced mixed swimming

Mixed swimming is prohibited even for older children. How should we react if the government would try to force such upon us? Would we e.g. have to let ourselves be killed rather than obey? Note: ...
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Dressing immodestly versus Violating Shabbos

Is it a greater sin for an orthodox Jewish woman to dress immodestly or violate Shabbos? From a halacha perspective, which one is more severe?
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What does 1/2 tefachs in the front 2/1 tefachs in the back mean

Similar Halachos of the bathroom In the 3rd siman of the Shulchan Aruch is understood (by me) you should keep your body covered as much as possible, for example when a man goes to the bathroom (for ...
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Male photographers/videographers on the women's side at a simcha

Ordinarily, Jewish women would be expected not to dance or sing with men looking on, or even present in the same area. However, at every Jewish wedding I have been to, there has been at least one male ...
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How long of a sheitel is too long?

Is there a length of sheitel that would be considered too long and inappropriate for a married woman to wear - either halachically or from a standpoint of proper moral behavior for a Jewish woman?
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Woman wearing modest swim clothing [duplicate]

Does a woman going swimming with other women need wear modest swimming clothing or can she wear what she desires?
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Can a woman wear a man's suit jacket if she is cold? [duplicate]

Can a woman wear a man's suit jacket if she is cold? I believe there is a prohibition for a woman to wear man's clothing and wise versa. Would a man's suit jacket fit into this prohibition?
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Guidelines for what constitutes a modest wig?

Has any reputable posek/rav published a list of guidelines for what would constitute a tzinius wig that is accepted as something one could follow today? It would seem funny if almost everything in ...
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Tznius by one's wife [duplicate]

Is one allowed to see his wife undressed. If not, is he allowed to just see her nurse their child. To put it generally, do all the laws of Tznius also apply between a man and his wife?
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Teenagers and Modesty [closed]

I am the mother of three girls, the two oldest are 12 and 14. The youngest is 6 months of age. They're into wearing what the other girls wear. My 12 year old girl gives me heart attacks. She's very ...
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Re-use of items used in service of another deity upon conversion

I am in the process of converting to Judaism from being a hellenic pagan (yes, there is a small revivalist movement, and yes, I am deeply grateful I was led away from that path) and I had a specific ...
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Strictly speaking hilchos tznius for a man

Strictly speaking when going to play basketball, what must a man wear in regards to covering his body, I am asking because as I had learned a man has to cover from his breastbone to and including his ...
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How was it permissible to send the daughters out to dance?

As discussed in Taanis 31a, it was on Tu B'Av that the men of Yisrael sent their daughters to dance in the vineyard as a loophole to their vow not to marry their daughters off to Shevet Binyamin, in ...