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

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Handing something to a woman (opposite gender)

Is it prohibited to hand something to a woman (or the opposite gender)? Example: giving change or a receipt to a female customer. My logic for giving this example is that the Lubavitcher Rebbe was ...
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What are some sources which discuss tzniut for men?

Does anyone know any halachic sources or books which discuss tzniut (modesty) for men? Can a women see a man's chest? Legs, etc.? Which books deal with these issues, if any?
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Laws pertaining to dress for men during fitness activities

What are the rules pertaining to a male doing a physical activity: If the kipa keeps falling off, is it necessary to wear it? What about modesty? If in the comfort of your own home, can you go ...
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May a man wear a sleeveless T-shirt while playing basketball?

Strictly speaking, when playing basketball, what must a man wear in regards to covering his body? I had learned that a man has to cover from his breastbone to and including his upper thigh. I ...
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Is it fine to go shirtless: While exercising? When home alone? In other situations? [duplicate]

I know the question has been asked before, but I'm still looking for more info. Other questions and answers focus on the strict permissibility of it. I'm pretty sure it's technically allowed, but ...
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Web-hosted Baby/Security Cams - tzniut?

There is a whole new world of baby cams that, for free, host the feed online for you to access anywhere. You simply create an account on their hosting site and you get access to the live camera feed ...
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Is a carrying handbag on arms Lo Yilbash on a man

According to Halacha, is it lo Yilbash (cross dressing) for a man to carry a handbag or purse on his arm? Or is there any heter for men to have them if they need it for storage?
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What are the halachic boundaries between a brother and sister?

Can they touch each other? Hug? Are they allowed to expose their legs, arms, etc., in front of each other? Can they swim together? Dance together?
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May Jewish women have exposed arm between shoulder and elbow

According to Halacha, do Jewish women have to cover their arms between their shoulder and elbow, or is it permissible for them to show skin there so long as the shoulder is completely covered? Would ...
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To what extent does halacha dictate the relationship between a male rabbi and a female congregant?

Which, if any, halachot of "Tzniut" apply to the relationship between a rabbi and a female congregant? From what I understand, it is common for a husband to bring his wife's undergarments to ...
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May Jews do Negiah for social etiquette

In Halacha, Jews are generally obligated to refrain from touching other Jews of the opposite gender. My question is, what about cases where refraining from handshaking (not affectionate touch) would ...
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Engagement Pictures

I have heard in the past that there is a custom that the Chosson and Kallah should not pose for pictures together until they are married. This includes the engagement party and any other occasion. Is ...
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Is makeup generally tzanua on women

According to Halacha, are there any issues of tzniut for a woman to wear certain types of makeup? In general, I see it is accepted in the Frum world, but are there any types of makeup that could be ...
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Does a woman have to dress tzniut in front of other women

According to Halacha, is there a requirement for a woman to dress tzniut around other women (with no men present)? Or, since there are no men around, is she permitted to dress in what would otherwise ...
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Should a woman pick shaatnez or non tzniut clothing?

If a woman is in a position where she only has clothes that are either not tzniut, or contain shaatnez, which should she pick? So basically, she is in a position where she has to wear clothes out, ...
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Minimum tzniut for men

Inspired by this question about the minimum amount of what’s mandatory tzniut agreed upon, I’m curious what the minimum standard of modesty exists for men. In general Halacha, women are required to ...
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Mixed-gender seating for entertainment

There is a heter some poskim and rabbis (i.e. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein) give to sit on public transportation next to someone of the opposite gender. My question is, what is the halacha in regards to ...
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Do some communities still allow more mingling between the sexes on Tu B'Av?

Do some communities still allow more mingling between the sexes on Tu B'Av? I understand that this used to be a custom, in addition to allowance of a more relaxed approach to women's tznius on that ...
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Nudity at home?

I have read that Hashem hates public nudity, but what is the Jewish position on nudity at home in front of other family members? Obviously, the short answer is bad, don't do it. Modesty is a ...
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In a non-Jewish youth hostel, is it problematic to stay in a mixed-gender dorm instead of a male-only one?

I'm male. Say I stay in a non-Jewish youth hostel dorm room which is mixed-gender instead of male-only. Might I encounter yichud problems? Might I encounter any other halachic problems? What's your ...
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Married couples never sleeping in the same bed

I have heard that many Orthodox married couples never sleep in the same bed, even during the times that they are permitted to each other. Coming from a non-Orthodox background, this seems shocking to ...
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What, if anything, is the minimum amount one must be covered for prayer?

Is there a minimum amount one must be covered for informal prayer? If so, what is the minimum amount one must be covered to be permitted to pray?
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Should men hide ervah from other men according to Bereishith 9?

I was thinking about Bereishith 9:20-27, where Noah is drunk and becomes uncovered, exposing ervah. Ham sees his father's ervah and tells his brothers, who then cover him without looking in order to ...
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Shmiras eineiyim for women [duplicate]

Is there any issue for women looking at men. Are there any halochus that apply only to women and not to men?
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Source for Chasam Sofer on Impact of Clothing

Following on from this answer here, discussing teaching tznius to a child, the answer links to a pamphlet that brings a teaching of the Chasam Sofer that "you are what you wear" and writes: ...
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The laws behind the separation of men and women

In Israel there is a hot debate because of instances on some communities where extra steps are taken to separate men and women in every day life. For example in some bus lines women seat in the back ...
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Balancing privacy of spouses' relationship with revealing important information to others [closed]

In general, the Torah places a lot of supremacy to the spousal relationship in marriage, compared to other relationships, and one must generally put one's spouse first over almost any other commitment,...
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Sefer about Tzniyus in loshon Hakodesh

I am looking for recommendations for a sefer in Loshon Hakodesh about the laws of tznius (modesty). If anyone knows of any comprehensive sefer, please respond! [I already know about Rabbi Falk’s "...
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What is the status of the psak of a Maharat?

If an orthodox male Rabbi bestows semicha on a woman (dubbed Maharat), what is the status of her halachic decisions? This question is irrespective of whether or not the male Rabbi should confer ...
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What are the spiritual(mental), mystical, practical, realistic, religious social benefits of refraining from all perversions and immodesties?

I should refrain from impure thoughts, licentious ruminations, immodesty and improper sex. I must guard my eyes, tongue and mouth from perversion and sexually improper 'things'. I must no watch porn, ...
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Tsnius for Women : Talmud Torah for Men

I have heard the idea that the concept of tsnius, or modesty, for women is equivalent to the command of Torah study for men. Once, I overheard this in a conversation between two men, one of whom I ...
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May a woman with artifical metal legs wear a short skirt or pants?

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? ...
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What rabbis openly allowed/promoted wearing wigs?

When discussing wigs as a means of covering women's hair, I only heard that rabbis recognized them only aposteriori. What prominent rabbis publicly allowed their use apriori?
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Tznius applicable at a certain age?

Does a wommen need to be Tznius in front of a boy under the age 13? For example can a married women uncover her hair I front of a 10 year old boy?
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Is it worse to gaze at a Jewish woman or a non-Jewish woman?

I know that these are obviously both bad and would presumably fall under gilui arayos, but which is worse?
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Looking for sources that support needing a mechitzah in shul for activities other than davening

What are sources that support having a mechitzah or for gatherings in shul outside of davening such as kiddush, adult education, or other seudas mitzvah? Also helpful are sources that are against not ...
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Source for issue for father and soñ to go to mikva together [duplicate]

Is it really assur ? Please bring the source.
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Prayer while bathing

Is there anything that would prevent praying while showering/bathing? If so, what is the Torah principle behind the reasoning? For example, is it a question of modesty?
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Is Seeing Pretzus ( inappropriate image of immodest women) Yehorog vaal yavor

I saw on YWN someone said that the rama and shulchan aruch rule it is yeharog vaal favor any “toldos” of the 3 aveiros chamuros. However in this day in age it is very common for billboards, ads, news ...
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According to the Tzitz Eliezer, is transgenderism actually muttar?

If I am understanding everything correctly, the Tzitz Eliezer's psak is that if a man get's a surgery that alters his genitals to that of a woman, they assume the halachic status of a woman, and are ...
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Attire in the men's mikveh

I think the shulchan aruch says that when going down to bath in the river he should cover his erva and when coming up to get dressed he shouldnt (I think) so people don't think he is embarassed of his ...
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Is it permissible for a man to be seen without a shirt?

In many parts of the United States, it is socially acceptable for a man to be without a shirt while working at a physical activity. Examples might be cutting grass or digging a hole in the summertime....
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Men going shirtless [duplicate]

I know the question has been asked before, but Im still looking for more info. Other questions and answers focus on the permisability of it. Im pretty sure its mutar, but wondering if its advisable. ...
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Married woman covering hair

Is it strictly necessary for a married woman to keep her hair covered in the following situations? If not, how important is it? 1) When alone in the house 2) When alone (or with husband) in the ...
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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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Is it ok to wear trousers if needed at work?

If a woman is working in a hospital and the hospital has a dress code that includes trousers and there are no skirts available - Is it ok for the lady to wear trousers? Are there any sources that ...
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Modesty according to custom?

Is modesty in Judaism somewhat allowed leeway according to custom? Most woman seem to show some parts of their body and they are somewhat considered modest.
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Mageifah and koritz vs aistrah

I once heard a story regarding a Mageifah (plague) that happened in the times of Reb Pinchas of Koritz and Reb Yaiva of Austra. Reb Pinchas held it was peritzas that caused it and he had a posuk but ...
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Why do divorced or widowed women still need to cover their hair?

I was recently reading the latest edition of Halachically Speaking. It says: A woman who is a widow r”l or divorcee still has an obligation to cover her hair. But why is this so? Why should they ...
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Does Rashi say that cats are more Tzanua than dogs?

My friend says there is a Rashi that says this, but I couldn't find it.

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