by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
I few moments ago I followed a Jewish blogger’s “link dump” (list of interesting articles or links) to a Jewish religious blog I had not read before. The article was ok, about issues of appropriately modest women’s clothing. Not an unusual topic within the religious Jewish community, though one of considerable and constant argument – as every group has different standards. Laxity in this area is not uncommon, but being an extremist is even less uncommon!
However what caught my attention was at the end of the article…
(Bamidbar 12:3), “Now the man Moshe was exceedingly humble, more than any person on the face of the earth.”
(Tehilim 22:7 – King David), “I am a worm and not a man.”
Jewish modesty is not ONLY about how one dresses, it’s also about how one ACTS. Being haughty and arrogant, going around as if you’re special or better than others is the ANTITHESES (the opposite) of Judaism. And true Torah leaders tend to be exceedingly humble men (and among the women influencers of religious Jewish communities, and yes there are plenty of such women, are equally as humble and modest).
Jewish religious Bloggers come from all types and all stripes. BUT if you’re going to represent yourself as a Jewish religious blogger on a religious topic such as modesty, having your blog configured modestly is a reasonable prerequisite.
Feel free to comment and tell me how right I am below.