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How can I explain the reasons for modesty to 5 year old girls?

  

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Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?

Debbie: how can I explain the reasons for Tzniyus [Ed. note: modesty] to 5 year old girls who've asked why they should cover their sholders

Debbie: please

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: explain them that precious things are kept covered. For example the expensive silver Leichter [candle holders] are kept in a china closet etc. The jewels are kept in a safe. A Torah scroll is kept in a Mantel [velvet cover] and an Aron Kodesh [holy ark]

Debbie: wow - thanks so much Rabbi Chein (is a Leichter Shabbos Candles?)

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: yes

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: so too her body is precious and it should be kept covered

Debbie: amazing - thanks SOSOSO much that's REALLY helpful - Good Chodesh

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: all the best

[See also A chat with Bronya Shaffer about modesty]

 

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Torah
Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
Aron
Literally: a box. Aron is usually a reference to one of the following: 1) The Holy Ark wherein the holy Tablets were kept. 2) The Ark in the synagogue where the Torah scrolls are kept. 3) A coffin.