The Search for Tzniut
one of the most popular topics in Judaism, Tzniut is also one of the
most misconstrued and misrepresented topics. To most, it is and always
has been merely a matter of dress: how long is your skirt? how low is
your collar? will you stand out? But what really is this idea that is
enumerated Biblically as one of only three things that God asks of us?
And what does it truly have to do with the matter of covering
one’s knees? In trying to answer this question, we have
decided to abandon all preconceptions about the topic and instead
examine, as unbiased as we can manage, Talmudic discussions of Tzniut,
along with an in-depth investigation of the Biblical approach to the
word (the root appears only twice in the entire Tanach). Hopefully this
will lead to a clearer and more inclusive definition of Tzniut,
unhampered by preconceived notions.
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