During these days of reflection on our priorities and current state in galus, I feel the need to bring to light something that has been bothering me for quite some time. I am not here to preach as many others do about the connection of such and such an issue to our current state surrounded by countless tragedies and crises. That is not my position and surely never will be. As Rav Avigdor Miller once said, “use caution when driving on icy pavements,” in response to an individual who upon the news of a terrible fatal car accident sought out the spiritual lessons to be learned in the wake of such a devastating blow. However, oftentimes we witness obvious compromises to our Halacha/Hashkafa values that are truly black and white issues. I feel that these issues simply require awareness, as the excuses upon learning about these issues will be hard to come by.
The subject of Women’s clothing and tznius is always a touchy issue. People become defensive and seek sources citing the origin of particular accusations of breeching Halacha. The schmooze of tightness in clothing is a topic unto itself, and I am clearly avoiding that issue. There lacks a clear line of demarcation as to what is too tight and what is simply fashionable, hence I will not go there. I am bringing the length of skirts to the table.
Correct me if I am wrong, but when I was growing up 10-15 years ago, skirts clearly above the knee (no I am not referring to those skirts “flirting and attempting to break the plane of the knee”) were reserved for your modern orthodox cousin Jennifer, or Aunt Sally. I consider myself “normal” (I hate that word) by the standards of this audience. I was brought up in a regular bala batish environment, exposed to fashion and trendy dress, yet was never exposed to the degree of prevalence that short skirts have been accepted and looked away by these same bala batish communities. Look around (or perhaps don’t), it’s utterly embarrassing!
The reason I am bringing this to discussion is because we are dealing with a clear definitive issue. No if, ands, or buts. The crowd I address knows I am correct, and if you are reading this scrunching your nose saying “get a life, we have bigger fish to fry” then it is precisely you I am talking to! This issue takes minimal effort to correct, and perhaps a little shame in knowing that it is being realized by men and women alike will assist in reverting to the ways of only a few years ago.
I am not being “Taliban,” as some enjoy saying to dismiss various issues brought to the table, just a fellow Jew pointing out an obvious irrefutable issue.
May we be michazek ourselves with the issues that are so well within our reach.
A Concerned Yid
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