01 August 2007

More on World Modesty

The Jewish Press: The Book Shelf reviews "Sometimes You Are What You Wear: An Argument for Tzniut"; by Author: Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran The reviewer calls it "an impassioned call for the wisdom of the ages to make itself felt in today’s world."

An excerpt from the review:
The rabbi takes the position that the modern world has turned children into “commodities” that serve to benefit a corporate bottom line but not the children themselves. He declares that the superficiality of the modern world, with its emphasis on body image, has done a profound disservice to our youth, with the result being illicit behaviors, alcohol and drug abuse, and eating disorders among other psychological struggles.

Tzniut, on the other hand, teaches the reader not simply to “look,” but to “see with meaning.” It teaches how to focus upon some aspect of Creation and not to see just its outer, most superficial quality, but instead its inner, more meaningful aspects. Discussing the concepts of “outside” and “inside,” Safran maintains that physical appearance should be designed to call attention to one’s worth and nobility, to a good soul. “Beauty diminishes but a good name endures,” he writes, quoting Jewish writings. Tzniut is the way to achieve an enduring good name.

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Editing this article much later, because I wanted to post this neat article somewhere! World modesty seemed a good topic to post it under. In The Times of India article: Girls Go Mild!, the author points out that in India, home of modest Hindu and Muslim women, the "raunch" of Bollywood, gotten from Hollywood, is not appreciated either. "Raunch doesn't give you what modesty can -- a lifetime of self-respect, everlasting love and romance. Model Ramneek Paintal agrees, "Raunch is short-lived. Modesty takes you far." "
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