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Yes there is discussion, and since this is Judaism we're talking about, there is of course disagreement. The Kof-K has a document (PDF) regarding the wearing of the kippah, which footnotes numerous sources for the following sentence: Wearing a yarmulka is not necessary when a person is actually in the pool, shower, or mikvah Footnotes: Birchei ...


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Other than the possibilities of immodest dress and behavior, and the more general issues of the mixing of the genders (see Masecheth Succah 51b and, e.g., Igroth Moshe, Orach Chayim I:39), there is no specific prohibition inherent to the physical act of swimming. Obviously, clothing that might be modest when dry might not be so when wet. And generally, ...


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I suggest what @daniel meant with his comment and @menachem with his quote (O Ch 2 (2)) is that our use of clothing is related to proper respect for HKB”H whose glory fills the whole world. This is the reason we cover ourselves (sometimes in clothing which is not designed for optimum comfort of the body). It is additionally important not to clothe ...


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See Brachot 25b אמר אביי צואה כל שהוא מבטלה ברוק אמר רבא וברוק עבה . ‏ See SA OC 76, 6 : If that is a very hight dilution it is halachally meaningless. From Yoma 30a two rules: See SA OC 76, 4 : If a part skin area, except for the anal region, and this area is covered by clothes, he can pray and recite Kriat Shema. See [SA OC 76, 5] and Magen Avraham sk 8 :...


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The Gemara writes in Brachos ת"ר בעל קרי שנתנו עליו ט' קבין מים טהור בד"א לעצמו אבל לאחרים ארבעים סאה ר' יהודה אומר מ' סאה מכל מקום ר' יוחנן וריב"ל ור"א ור' יוסי בר' חנינא חד מהאי זוגא וחד מהאי זוגא ארישא חד אמר הא דאמרת במה דברים אמורים לעצמו אבל לאחרים מ' סאה לא שנו אלא לחולה המרגיל אבל לחולה לאונסו ט' קבין וחד אמר כל לאחרים אפילו חולה לאונסו עד דאיכא מ'...


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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 make a one-size-fits-all law about this, but I'm not aware of it in classical sources.) I'm told that the German Jewish community of Washington Heights draws ...


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