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The Tabernacle Times
_____ February 2014 ______________________ Adar 1 5774 ____________________ Volume 9 Issue 2_____

Modesty –
Hidden in its Proper Place!

Rabbi & Brenda
by Rabbi Jeremy
& Brenda Storch
  Modesty is an issue constantly up for debate today.  It is a continual challenge to address in our modern society even among believers.  Modesty however is more than just outward appearances; it is an inward understanding and attitude that encompasses a persons mind and heart.  Modesty has more to do with how we behave than with what we wear. 

The Random House College Dictionary defines “modesty” as regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc. and lack of vanity. Webster’s defines it as properly restrained by a sense of propriety; hence, not forward or bold; not presumptuous or arrogant; not boastful; not loose or lewd; moderate, sensible, not excessive or extreme, not extravagant, decent and pure in manners. The Hebrew word for modesty comes from Micah 6:8, “…walk humbly (tzanah) with your God.”  The Hebrew word (tzeniut) is translated as “hidden in its proper place
  Far too often we stress the dress code part of modesty (long dresses, beards, head coverings, tassels, etc) and we neglect the internal aspects of it.  In fact, according to Tikvah Michael of FFOZ, “The majority of the sages quoted in Jewish literature rarely mention dress in regard to issues of modesty.  When it is mentioned, it comes as somewhat of a side note or an afterthought.”

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