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  • #2006537
    DBS
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    Is it mutur to wear shorts?

    #2006596
    Shimon Nodel
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    Yes

    #2006597
    akuperma
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    I’ve seen men Hasidic men wearing shorts (formerly called knickerbockers when they were fashionable among the goyim, and still worn by many baseball and American football players), along with over the calf socks. Prior to long pants becoming fashionable in Europe and America (200 years ago), most men wore such pants, often along with long coats and high boots (guess what people dumped into the streets back then).

    So it is clear that shorts are mutar (allowed by halacha), but are incredibly unfashionable unless worn with high socks, and a long coat, and outside of a few limited circumstances you might be confused with a reinactor wearing clothings from centuries past.

    This is not to be confused with the types of shorts popular among many American goyim, who appear to be challenged to distinguish underwear from outerwear.

    #2006602
    AviraDeArah
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    The rambam says to wear clothes that are average, respectable, clean, etc… An average adult in polite society even among goyim does not wear shorts.

    #2006611
    ujm
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    Men or women?

    #2006616
    emes nisht sheker
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    Bigger question is it it muttar to be online.

    #2006621
    Yserbius123
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    Is it halchically permissible for a man to wear shorts on a weekday to take a walk around his block? Yes.

    #2006623
    Gadolhadorah
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    Ask your LRP but I would submit its an obvious issue of tzinius for women and probably for most adult males (putting aside the fact that after a certain age, most yidden look better in long pants, tzinius concerns notwithstanding).

    #2006673
    MosheFromMidwood
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    Why would it not be permitted for a man to wear shorts? What part of the body is being exposed that would make it assur? In general, I think people should dress in a way that is flattering to their shape. Unfortunately, even among frum it is not the case

    #2006683
    ujm
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    Moshe: You don’t see an issue with a guy walking down Kings Highway in his bathing suit and a towel?

    #2006699
    commonsaychel
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    oyver on bal thikshasu

    #2006714
    Gadolhadorah
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    Even though the issue is not “reciprocal”, the visuals for most women in the case of frum guys walking down 13th Avenue in Brooklyn, Clifton Avenue in Lakewood or Main St. in Monsey in shorts and long socks are unlikely to promote illicit thoughts or pritzsus. In fact, just the opposite. There is a time and place for most things and Commons Saychel should suffice.

    #2006741
    AviraDeArah
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    Moshe – “flattering” often is associated with accentuating and making parts of the body appealing to the eye. Do you really think it’s tznius for men or especially women to pursue clothing that makes their figure more appealing?

    #2006775
    Benephraim
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    While we can’t say shorts are אסור on יום כפור because the כהן גדול wore them when he went into the קדש הקדשים, we can alert you to the concerns many Rabbonim had . I think the discussion about מכנסים in general is in the שדה חמד ,the Rav of Krasovbazar.Tried to keep it short.

    #2006799
    CHOOSID
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    NO.NEVER.mayby ok under your covers.
    also…why are random coffe room people your halachic authority?

    #2006814
    Harotzehbilumshmo
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    yserbius123, Is your psak what you and/or you Rav came out with after factoring in the discussion of tznius by men, and not revealing parts of the body that are normally covered? Including the discussion in the mishneh bruroh on this (the machmir position), R Moshe Feinstein in Igros Moshe and other relevant sources?

    #2006862
    takahmamash
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    Why not? I wear them all the time, except in shule and not on Shabbat and chagim. I’ve worked from home for many years, and I live in shorts and sandals from April to November.

    #2006963
    AviraDeArah
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    “der velt freigt farvos nisht; m’darf fregen farvos yah” – brisker rov

    #2006970
    user176
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    Obviously there is nothing assur about wearing shorts. It isn’t a very respectable way to dress. The answer depends on who you are and/or how much you feel you represent Bore Olam

    #2006972
    Gadolhadorah
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    “The answer depends on who you are…”
    So if you are a really in shape and woke member of the CR working from your bedroom between Purim and Succos you can wear shorts betweeen Zoom calls with the camera focused from your shoulders up?? Sounds OK

    #2007125

    it is not poshut whether you can be in shorts while on a zoom Torah class, or even a business call.

    R Ouerbach used to stand while talking with R Moshe on the phone. Kal’ vehomer on zoom.

    #2007169
    Reb Eliezer
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    Both R’ Moshe ztz’l and R’ Yonasan Steif ztz’l used to stand when talking to each other on the phone.

    #2007156
    MosheFromMidwood
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    That is not what I meant. They should wear clothes appropriate for their shape and not pretend they can wear things that obviously too tight or small. A heavy person should wear less fitted clothes which to me would be more flattering in terms of respectable looking

    #2007157
    MosheFromMidwood
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    I don’t think the original poster was talking about a bathing suit. How many people of any kind would do what you describe. Please, a little sense of propriety.

    #2007181
    ujm
    Participant

    L’havdil, President Bush would stand when speaking to his father, President Bush Sr.

    #2007234
    yaakov doe
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    DBS, would your Rav wear shorts in public? If he would you also can.

    #2007242
    Gadolhadorah
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    Then k’v we should stand when typing a post addressed to either the CR Mods or the CR poskim, and of course, always do so in long pants.

    #2007259
    AviraDeArah
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    Moshe – i understand what you’re saying, but the term as used by fashion-people refers to choser-tznius things

    #2007289

    > President Bush would stand when speaking to his father,

    I would think Bush Sr would prefer Bush Jr to not stand, but rather follow his advice … Not saying which one was wiser, just food for thought about what respect is.

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