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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Is it appropriate to go shirtless in these situations?

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. I'm pretty sure it's mutar, but wondering if it's advisable....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it lacking tzniuth to be a street musician as a male?

Is playing music in public as a Street musician in any way a lack in tzniuth. Are there different opinions on the matter?
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How do I know if a garment is considered tights or leggings or pants?

Using the Shulchan Aruch as a guide how can we deduce where womens' leg wear crosses from being considered tights to being considered leggings to being considered pants. Is there a decision algorithm ...
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What males can bathe together?

Some questions on the site relate to restrictions on certain males bathing together: close (male) relatives going to the mikvah together Should men hide ervah from other men according to Bereishith ...
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Can women bathe or dress in front of other women?

I recently asked if Noah's condemnation of his son seeing his ervah implies that men should hide ervah even from other male relatives: Should men hide ervah from other men according to Bereishith 9? ...
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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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Talking In Bathrooms

The Rema in או"ח סי' ג סעיף ב says that it is impermissible to talk in the bathroom. The Mishna Berura adds the Gemara in Berachos 65b, that even in order to let someone trying to enter know that ...
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Walking behind a woman if you can't see her

The gemara in עירובין יח has a very interesting discussion, it wants to know according to the מ"ד that אדם and חוה were created together back-to-back שני פרצופים, who walked first (i.e. which ...
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In Biblical times, did the Israelites ever wear sleeveless tunics?

In Genesis 3:21, G-d clothed Adam and Eve with the kuttoneth (in this case, made with animal skin). Apparently, such was worn in multiple Biblical passages (e.g., Gen. 37:3; Ex. 28:39-40; 2 Sam. 13:18-...
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Modesty for a Goya

My Noahide female friend has taken on modest attire, so as not to be a stumbling block. There are still pictures of her on friends' social media, in many of these she is dressed immodestly. My ...
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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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What areas of the body are ervah according to law?

While custom can further bind what areas of the body need to be covered, when it comes to dress, is there a line that separates clothing that is tzniut from clothing that is not? For example, does ...
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Does Exodus 28:42 suggest that exposing the thighs exposes nakedness?

I asked this on the Hermeneutics Stack Exchange but assume it's fine to ask here as well. Exodus 28:42 reads: "וַעֲשֵׂה לָהֶם מִכְנְסֵי־בָד לְכַסּוֹת בְּשַׂר עֶרְוָה מִמׇּתְנַיִם וְעַד־יְרֵכַיִם ...
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Does Genesis 3 suggest that Adam and Eve's fig-leaf loincloths (v. 7) were unable to cover nakedness, unlike the tunics of skin (v. 21)? [duplicate]

In Genesis 3:6-10, the first recorded effect of Adam and Eve's sin is that they realized they were naked. Because of this, they sewed fig leaves together to make loincloths, but this isn't considered ...
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Is it forbidden to watch ballet?

I understand that the way women dress in ballet dances would certainly be considered indecent exposure, or not tznius, but if the context is not meant to evoke lust but beauty, is the exposure of ...
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Can women in modern dress dine kosher in Kiryat Joel?

The closest kosher dining to my location is in Kiryat Joel. Given the nature of that community, I am not sure if it will be comfortable for me and my friends to go to a restaurant there. Will a woman ...
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Modesty at the beach

Are there any opinions or “loop holes” that allow women to loosen up modesty rules at a mixed beach? I was told that many “frum” women who dress like rebitzens in their community, go to the beach in ...
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May husband and wife hug/kiss in front of their children?

The Rema in Even HaEzer (21:5) writes יש אומרים דאין לנהוג אפילו עם אשתו בדברים של חיבה, כגון לעיין ברישיה אם יש לו כינים, בפני אחרים - Some say that one should not do affectionate things with his ...
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Is "elbows and knees must be covered" Halacha or widespread Minhag? [duplicate]

Is there any credence to the view that those who do not cover knees and elbows are violating Halacha, as opposed to relying on a more lenient opinion of "shok" and "zeroah"? This ...
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Can a Jewish man play football with shorts? [duplicate]

Can a Jewish man wear shorts while playing football or must he wear tights under short for hides his skin? We know Jewish man should wear under knee. But football short above knee. So in football he ...
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