Tuesday, January 30, 2007
When Tzniut is Immodest!
I came across this on the internet. Please, please tell me that these people are viewed as marginal, as crazy, by the Haredi community. From my perspective, men, religious men who are busy collecting women's clothes and defining with a toothcomb what is modest and what not, and holding public burnings of those clothes, are abrogating the very value of tzniut that they seek to uphold.
This obsession with modesty/tzniut frequently reaches a point when it is the height of immodesty!
Have you seen the book "Oz veHadar Levusha"? It details the precise apparel a woman may wear, including pyjamas (which are banned!) It is a very think tome, and it is written by a man. How can a Rav spend months compiling a book only thinking about women's clothing and exposed body parts? Please! it is perverted! Is that tzniut?
Rav Lichtenstein once told a great story. Once, I leading Rabbi in the OU office had a secretary who wore a short skirt. The Rabbi in question went to Rav Ahron Soloveitchik for advise. "Is it appropriate for me as a Rabbi to say something? Should she work for me?" Rav Ahron Soloveitchik replied: "You and me talking about her skirt is much more of a problem than her skirt. Let's not talk about it!"