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Can you quote from the Torah the command to dress modestly?

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein

  

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You won’t find a verse in the Torah that states “Thou shall dress modestly” for the same reason you won’t find a verse in the Torah that states “Thou shall not eat pepper steak with feta cheese.” Just as pepper steak and feta cheese are merely one detail in the general prohibition of milk and meat, so too clothing is just one detail in the laws of modesty.

Modesty is a way of life. Modesty is a state of being. Modesty is everything about us.

The Torah commands us to live a lifestyle that is dignified, modest, and holy... One detail of a modest lifestyle and a dignified person is the clothing s/he wears
The Prophets tell us to “walk discreetly with your G-d”;1 the Torah tell us “you are a holy People”;2 and the Torah tells us numerous times “you shall be holy".3  In other words, the Torah commands us to live a lifestyle that is dignified, modest, and holy.
 
One detail of a modest lifestyle and a dignified person is the clothing s/he wears. Other details include: the way we walk, the way we talk, the way we eat, the way we sleep, the way we interact with people, etc. etc. In the prohibitive sense, the Torah commands us that none of our activities in life should be haughty, arrogant, rude, tramp-like, obnoxious, flirtatious, or in-your-face.
 
Instead the Torah wants you to behave as if you were a well-mannered dignified prince or princess. The Torah wants you to behave accordingly, because according to the Torah you actually are a prince or princess, as the good book says you are “a treasured People,”4 and “a kingdom of princes.”5 
 

Footnotes

  • 1. Micah 6:8.
  • 2. Deuteronomy 14:2.
  • 3. For example, Leviticus 11:45.
  • 4. Deuteronomy 14:2.
  • 5. Exodus 19:6.

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