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15 Kiselv 5767 - December 6, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Conference Decisions

The following are the decisions reached at the Kenes Chizuk on the issues of tsnius that was held on motzei Shabbos parshas Chayei Soroh, 5767.

1. Each and every individual has an obligation to ensure that his wife's and daughters' attire meets accepted standards of modesty, both in terms of covering the body and clothing styles — at all times and in all places.

2. One of the great stumbling blocks in our generation is garments that are not loose enough, which are included under abizraihu degilui arayos — accessories to forbidden relations.

Therefore it is imperative to see to the following:

* Shirts, skirts, sweaters, etc., should be loose enough

* Knit fabrics such as Lycra, tricot, and other stretch fabrics — are forbidden to wear

* Clothes must not be see-through

* Shirts should extend at least 10 cm (4 inches) below the waistline to ensure that there is cover in every movement

* Collars should be properly closed

* Sleeves should cover the elbows at all times

3. Recently there has been a serious breach regarding skirt length. One must be sure the skirt extends from the waist down to the middle of the calf. (And as stated above, skirts must be loose enough.)

4. Those who wear wigs should make sure they are not too long and should refrain from wearing models that have always been forbidden.

5. Ladies, young ladies and girls should be inculcated with the notion pride in modest attire and conduct is in keeping with the verse, "And his heart was lifted up in the ways of Hashem" (Divrei Hayomim II, 17:6), and praise should be given to those who practice stringencies to further guard themselves in this matter. Schools and seminaries should integrate the study of these halochos in their curriculum.

May it be the Will of Ovinu ShebaShomayim that by strengthening ourselves in the bounds of modesty we merit the Divine Presence in Am Yisroel and the sound of the shofar of Moshiach speedily in our days, amen.

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The decisions reached at the conference were reviewed by HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, HaRav Yitzchok Scheiner, HaRav Shmuel Auerbach and HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel shlita.

Signing for the sake of strengthening the religious tenets of the rabbonim geonim shlita,

HaRav Ezriel Auerbach

HaRav Yisroel Ganz

HaRav Tzvi Weber


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