The Hebrew word for modesty is “tznuit.” It refers to the concept of humbleness and a way of behaving that is expected of The Children of Israel. Frequently, this is thought to pertain to women and girls only, but this is not true. Tznuit is a behavioral standard that is applicable to both sexes of our culture. There are ways of being that our children must be taught. If we don’t do our job as parents, we will live to regret it as society will serve as the example. Practically from the womb, we have to teach our children the correct standards, and that the Israelite concept of modesty is different from that of common society. The important thing for us to remember is that we are the primary example for our girls and boys.
With our girls though, teaching modesty is of utmost importance because the society in which we find ourselves living, frequently tries to propagandize how girls and women should act and dress. This can be discovered just by looking in your latest magazine for women and on the television. We see our women and girls dressing and behaving in all manners adverse to what The Most High wants for his people. Not only is this disrespectful to Yah, it is degrading to oneself. It teaches women and young girls to dishonor and devalue themselves. Modesty implies that everything about us is not everyone else’s business, and that there are parts of ourselves that are to remain private.
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