Will Trashing Your 'Immodest' Tank Tops Bring Peace to Israel? by the Forward

Will Trashing Your 'Immodest' Tank Tops Bring Peace to Israel?

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A new trend has emerged on Israeli social media: women who used to dress “immodestly” uploading videos of themselves cutting their old immodest clothes. They pray that their sacrifice and their strengthening faith will help save Israel from the recent wave of terror.

This trend is certainly not new phenomena. In Israel, one can easily find posters and pamphlets calling for Israeli women to “dress modestly” in order to save the Jewish people. Most Israeli women would be reluctant to dress immodestly when walking around religious neighborhoods, worried to get yelled at or harassed.

Modesty or “tzniut” (in Hebrew) is the biggest religious battle front against secular women in Israel. And, at least judging by this current Facebook, the religious side is boasting some victories.

“A women’s greatest asset is her modesty” says one of the women in the videos, a rabbi’s wife who has been called by a young woman, Senhav Levi, to help get rid of her immodest clothing.

Sleeveless tops, mini dresses, T-shirts and any type of pants, all get cut up and thrown away, so that they could never be worn again, by anyone.

“Just as one wouldn’t donate treyf meat, one shouldn’t donate revealing clothes to women,” one woman said.

“I thought about giving some of my clothes to a Non-Jewish friend”, said one of the women, Daniella, who uploaded a video of herself. “(But) even that is forbidden, God doesn’t like to see any woman dressed immodestly.”

“I believe a Jewish women’s beauty is measured by her modesty,” she said. “I pray that we all get closer to God and that by doing this God will cancel all the decrees against us.”

“I want to dress the way God loves and not the way fashion dictates” said another, anonymous woman.

Most of these videos can be found on one Facebook page, “Mi Leh’HaShem El’ai” which roughly translated into , is run by Ya’akov Cohen, a 26 year old bus driver from Jerusalem who came back to religion a decade ago and who claims the account in personal, not affiliated with any rabbi or yeshiva. “Very simply, women sent me these videos - and I published them. I saw that it strengthened people’s faith and that it got people excited - so I kept publishing them.”

“Thanks to the modestly I’ve accepted on myself may God bring full recovery of the body and the soul to all of our injured,” wrote Efrat Cohen, whose video has over 200,000 views, “May these decrees and wars stop and may he keep our soldiers and our children safe!”

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Lior Zaltzman

Lior Zaltzman

Lior Zaltzman was the Forward’s Digital Fellow. Follow her on twitter @liorca.

Will Trashing Your 'Immodest' Tank Tops Bring Peace to Israel?

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