Q&A: Why Do Religious Jews Dress the Way They Do?

How clothes make the man.

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Comments (5)

(3) Tamar Sandler, October 30, 2017 8:31 PM

Excellent Summary

Thank you for making this video! You explained everything very straight forward. I really gained from this

(2) Mike, September 2, 2017 8:48 PM

excellent video!

great explanations

(1) Rob Harris, August 29, 2017 9:22 PM

Two caveats on your clothing thesis

Just 2 comments. While I take the point of dignity and belonging as a key to how we dress. Dress can sometimes be off putting to others. In this case I would use the example of all ultra orthodox and fundamentalist types from a variety of religions who use clothing to distance and berate. My second comment is that contrary to your teaching, any keen observer will tell you that social animals do display a sense of self, community and dignity to one degree or another depending on context and environment; e.g. dogs, wolves, elephants, whales, primates, some birds. Humans are animals; admittedly special case animals because of our biological/cultural history (tongue in cheek I am tempted to say we are a special needs species), but still complex evolving animals who have a complex and evolving mind and sets of cultural relations between ourselves and between us and the ineffable.

Dvora, August 30, 2017 2:06 PM

To Rob Harris :-)

Well said Rob. Not all who dress ultra Orthodox ARE so and unfortunately ANYONE can use their beliefs or dress to berate others.

David J., October 2, 2017 10:38 PM

Clothing helps us distance ourselves from immorality

Hi Rob,
I just wanted to expound on what Rabbi Becher mentioned about the relationship of clothes and belonging to a specific group. When a doctor is dressed in his white-coat, asking him "hey bub you got the time?" will insult him. "Me 'bub'? I'm a doctor!"
'Jewishly' speaking we can say "Me eat pork? I'm a jew!"
If a person hasn't worked on his character than he will say "Me hang out with them? I'm..." but even if he IS dressed like them, that same trait will manifest itself in other demeaning ways; so it would seem reasonable to conclude that changing your clothing isn't going to solve the root problem.

And a big thanks to R. Becher!


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