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Sources on tzniut

16 August, 2011



I am trying to find sources in the Shulchan Aruch for the laws of tsniut. I am living in a community where many women are quite lax concerning dress and "minhag hamakom" is confusing. I would like to be able to say to my children, "We do this because it says in masechta/daf (fill in the blank) that it is Halacha." I also am looking for modern responsa (Rav Moshe Feinstein, perhaps) on the subject.

Thank you.


We highly recommend Rav Getsel Ellinson's book, The Modest Way (in Hebrew, Hatzenea Lekhet) which is an accessible compendium of traditional sources, from the gemara to more modern responsa, and includes discussions of dress.

For a more recent article surveying the topic, we also highly recommend the title essay in Understanding Tzniut by our site's halachic supervisor, Rav Yehuda H Henkin.


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