click here to jump to start of article
Join Our Newsletter

Get latest articles and videos with Jewish inspiration and insights​




Enforcing a Modesty Code
Salomon Says

Enforcing a Modesty Code

Can privately-owned stores dictate how we dress in their store?

by

Click here if you are unable to view this video.

Published: January 25, 2014


Give Tzedakah! Help Aish.com create inspiring
articles, videos and blogs featuring timeless Jewish wisdom.

Visitor Comments: 49

(40) esti herskowitz, March 9, 2014 3:14 PM

i'm a tour guide in Israel, and in many of the Christian areas, there are signs that say 'no shorts'. they don't differentiate between men and women, it's against an attitude of dress. the Christians who visit these sites are fine with these dictates, it enhances their visit as it enhances their thought process and spirituality level.
there are a lot of parallels that we jews can learn from them. this is not about discrimination. it's about accommodating the people in the store, or the vicinity, in their home turf, where we are visiting. it is about getting in to a mind set , maybe just for a short time, that says something different (and I'd like to think, higher) than our standard day to day routine mind frame. it opens our eyes to other people's thoughts and ideas, and helps us recognize, or at least look for, the divine in our everyday. we should appreciate it,

Anonymous, April 8, 2014 9:19 PM

modesty and tourists

Yes, regarding the christian tourists not minding the dress code; it is more like showing respect, being conscious that the place you're at is not just a place but a holy place.
It helps you to transition into another state of being.
Nothing to do with discrimination , oppression , nor being 'subservient' . I think people are gradually forgetting this and what it means because some are so out of touch with their spiritual life.

(39) Avi, February 17, 2014 4:48 PM

Define Discrimination

I think discrimination should be defined. These days any rules or regulations on people is called discrimination when it is not! asking for all people who want to enter dress a certain way is not discrimination, the world has become so "open" and "liberal" and "enlightened" that the Western world is closed, dark, and limiting.

(38) Anonymous, February 12, 2014 8:33 PM

Many restaurants have a policy of shoes and shirts required.

Many a restaurant has a policy requiring shoes and shirts to be worn, and patrons who don't comply will not be served (and probably will be asked to leave). This should be no different. The proprietor has a right to set standards for customers in his (her) place of business.

(37) viola, February 8, 2014 9:26 AM

modesty

I agree. It is so rare to see women dress modestly. The store did nothing wrong in stating a dress code. I totally agree!

See All Comments

Submit Your Comment:

  • Display my name?

  • Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.


  • * required field 2000
Submit Comment
stub
Sign up today!