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Sivan 5766 – The Ins and Outs of Tznius

Sivan 5766
The Ins and Outs of Tznius…
Rabbi Aaron Tendler

 

Question #1

Lichvod Harav,
What is the halacha about wearing beige skin coloured tights? I have read in a sefer that this is forbidden but many girls do wear these tights with brown or lighter coloured outfits. I hope that you can clarify this question for me as I am very unsure of what the halacha is. Thank you very much and I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for your question. If it is considered accepted practice among modest Jewish women in your community to wear such tights, there is absolutely no problem at all wearing them according to Halacha. If you did see in a Sefer that it is not allowed, it must be because in the author’s community such tights are considered immodest, and therefore a violation of “Daas Yehudis”- the acceptable norm for a Jewish woman. This can be comparable to the issue of wearing denim skirts, which may be considered acceptable in one community but unacceptable in another.

Take care,
Rabbi Aaron Tendler

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Question #2
Lichvod HaRav,

I have a question about tsniut. Most blood drives accept blood from men and women at the same time. Is there a tsniut problem with a woman giving blood (which generally requires rolling up her sleeve and revealing her elbow) in front of men? Thank you.

Thank you for your important question. If it is done inconspicuously with the least amount of exposure possible, it would be permitted to donate blood in this manner.

Take care,
Rabbi Aaron Tendler