This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.
Hasidic hipsters are going to have to forgo their skinny jeans — or, more likely, their skinny black trousers. So says an experton Jewish law who has lent his authority to a Jerusalem campaign against tight men’s clothing.
Notices posted in the city’s Haredi neighborhoods now include a quotation from Israeli Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, a leading Ashkenazi religious scholar, who warns that men intentionally wearing tight pants will face excommunication.
While women’s clothing has long been a central concern among the religious, the focus on male modesty is only a few months old.
According to Kanievsky and his supporters, wearing tight clothing (a “custom of the goyim”) is stringently prohibited by the Torah.
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