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

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Afraid your friend got it horribly, horribly wrong. There are modesty reasons why you wouldn't want women immersing (so they can be with their husbands) running into random men; but for that reason, …
answered Sep 21 '12 by Shalom
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She should cover her hair the same way she keeps kosher -- she's not obligated as of right now, but she needs to get used to the lifestyle to make sure she's prepared for it. (It will also give her ti …
answered Jun 26 '15 by Shalom
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Almost certainly just someone's judgment that anything that draws too much attention in any way is immodest in some sense. (The kind of thing you'd find in Rabbi Falk's book, a book sharply critiqued …
answered May 2 '17 by Shalom
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Rabbi Michael Broyde makes this exact point. "Would we allow a woman to wear a shirt that had an image of her bare chest on it? No, because that image is inappropriate in our culture." Furthermore, i …
answered Jun 19 '14 by Shalom
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From a strict halachic perspective, if "foreign hair" counts as a covering, then it would work even if it's very long. (A more interesting question -- could it be so long as to be considered a "burden …
answered Nov 24 '16 by Shalom
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Rabbi Broyde has a yutorah mp3 regarding hair covering where he says it appears that the general standard of erva is probably subjectively tied to what's considered appropriate by modest non-Jewish wo …
answered May 29 '13 by Shalom
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The primary application that has been discussed over the years has been with regards to mixed seating at weddings. See also Rabbi Eli Clark, "Mixed Seating at Weddings" (pdf), Journal of Halacha and C …
answered Dec 1 '11 by Shalom
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Presumably when we stopped concerning ourselves with the laws of purity, sometime around the year 200. Until that point I needed to know if someone was a Nida, as it would affect whether I could eat a …
answered Dec 2 '14 by Shalom
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The best development I've seen on this is Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin's Contemporary Tseni'ut. It appeared in Tradition 37:3 (2003), as well as its own book. The Tradition article is available online, p …
answered Mar 25 '11 by Shalom
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Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin, shlita, mentions that quotation on page 37 of his essay "Contemporary Tseni'ut" (Tradition Fall 2003), disagreeing with it quite sharply. He says it's found in Rabbi Falk's …
answered Mar 23 '14 by Shalom
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You could suggest all sorts of hairs to split, but the simplest would be to say they're following rabbis other Rav Moshe. E.g. R' Getzel Ellinson challenged Rav Moshe on this heter.
answered Oct 8 '14 by Shalom
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I'm making this a community wiki, so please fill in as you can. Are there communities that will wear synthetic but not human-hair? You'll hear plenty of rabbis saying "a sheitel is no good if it l …
answered Aug 23 '10 by Shalom
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You mean that the head is covered, but the hair hanging down beneath it is visible. There is some room for discussion about this. The biblical source for hair-covering is the Sotah, and it says "the …
answered Sep 1 '15 by Shalom
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"A man is not allowed to walk between two women." This whole notion appears in an aggadic, somewhat spooky-things-that-go-bump-in-the-night portion of the Talmud. It does not appear in Rambam' …
answered Jun 21 '10 by Shalom
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My impression is that this is a matter of halachic value, but there are differing community standards and guidelines on this kind of thing. (Well someone in the last decade or so has probably tried to …
answered Jun 20 '13 by Shalom

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