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

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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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Can woman's hair be covered with the same nylons they cover their calves? [duplicate]

It's not a secret that Orthodox fashion evolved in the last century, especially the skirts that shrank drastically, and so is the thickness of nylons. A random group of Ultra-Orthodox girls and women....
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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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Were women present in the Temple when offering the Korban Pesach?

Women are obligated to bring a korban Pesach. The mishna even talks about a group of women doing their own. So does that mean in the afternoon of the 14th of Nissan, you'd find both men and women in ...
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How Do Modern Orthodox Women Typically Dress?

I am currently studying to convert (as you can tell I still have quite a ways to go but I will get there eventually) and, for awhile I was set on conservative but, recently, I've been quite ...
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Women doctors wearing pants scrubs - tzniut

This question begins with two assumptions - assuming there is no issue of beged isha and assuming that pants are immodest (which is the position of many orthodox women). Is there a reason why this ...
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Does the Torah allow lack of modesty?

The Talmud [Sanhedrin 46a; Yevamot 90b] mentions a case in which a man was flogged for having intercourse with his wife in public, which is not forbidden by the Torah. The judges decreed that when &...
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Tznius in the modern world

In the modern world just walking outside (especially in the summer) presents some pretty significant tznius issues. Presumably you’re allowed to go to the grocery store. Why are we allowed to (much of ...
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Taking pictures for one’s husband

Would Jewish law prohibit or limit the types of pictures a wife could send to her husband in private? Assume that the means of sending the pictures would be secure and no one else would be able to see ...
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Tznius in front of Gentiles [duplicate]

Aside from certain modesty laws that govern a persons behavious even in private, there are certain laws that govern the activity of Jewish women in the presence of men (like singing, or dressing in a ...
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What is the prohibition in women attending immodest parties?

Although females are not subject to the same prohibition as men, I am assuming that attending a party in which there are others immodestly dressed should also be a questionable environment for women. ...
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Differences in Tznius between Sefaradim and Ashkenazim?

I've noticed that many of my Sefaradi friends seem to practice Tzenius (laws of Modesty) different than Ashkenazim. Is there actually a difference in halakhot about this? And if there are can someone ...
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Wearing special clothes in public while in niddah- isn't this a lack of tznius?

The gemara in Ketubot 72a tells us that women wore special clothes when they were in niddah, and thus all the neighbors would know when a woman was in niddah ("הוחזקה נדה בשכינותיה"). This ...
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Tznius concerns by a Sota

Last weeks Parsha included Parshas Sota. Being that the Bais Hamikdash is the holiest place in the world, we have special halachos that require us to treat it with proper respect. Additionally, it's ...
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Is a crossdressing man obligated in tznius?

Suppose a man dresses as a woman, and he does so so well that a casual observer couldn’t tell that he’s actually a man.1 Is this man obligated in the rules of tznius as they apply to women (ex. ...
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Are women allowed to have an alternative lifestyle haircut?

Is it permissible for a woman have a haircut where they shave half of her hair off and leave the other side of her hair untouched - a style strongly associated with lesbians, bisexuals, transgender ...
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Guarding Your Eyes In Public School

What would be some great ways for one to guard their eyes while attending public school with immodesty being everywhere? Looking for sources please- thanks!
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May a woman go to a mixed beach wearing a modest swim suit?

Is it permitted for a woman to go to a mixed beach in let say Spain in the summer wearing a modest swim suit, such as Aqua Modesta?
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Can a woman sneeze in public if it draws attention?

Based on an assumption that a woman should not draw attention to herself in public, can it be considered lack of Tznius to sneeze in public? Is one required to attempt to stifle sneezes even if it ...
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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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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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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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Can a woman engage in excessive conversation with a man?

chapter one of Pirkei Avot states “And do not engage in excessive conversation with a woman. This is said even regarding one's own wife--how much more so regarding the wife of another.” does this ...

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