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How to be Modest?

Daily Study of the Noahide Code of Laws


The Divine Code for February 2, 2023


Today: Page 459- 460

Topic Chapter 6:4 - 6:7


Any woman above 12 years old is obligated to act in a modest way, through her dressing and acting. A modest way of dressing is clothes that cover the whole torso until the collarbone, the legs until the knees and the arms until the elbow. It is proper that a married woman cover her hair when outside her house or in the presence of men other than her husband. (But not a obligation.) A man should not intentzly gaze at the form of a woman in a lustful way. As it is written in Job 31:1


"I have made a covenant with my eyes not to look upon a virgin".

For a woman and a man it is forbidden to be involved in any matter that is intended to cause sin and lust, or that is likely to lead to this. It is therefore forbidden to participate in mixed dancing etc. It is likewise forbidden to watch lewd movies, or to read publications or view internet sites which can arouse a man's lustful thoughts.



Reading schedule of the Divine Code

Yesterday's Study Topic: 6:1 - 6:3

Tomorrow's Study Topic: 6:8 - 6:11

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Sources: The Divine Code (4th edition) by Rabbi Moshe Weiner


 

Angelique Sijbolts is one of the main writers for the NoahideAcademy.org website. She contributes for the admin of the website in English and Dutch. She teaches Hebrew to beginners and intermediate students at the Academy.


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Tammy Renee
Tammy Renee
Feb 03, 2023

Thank you for the descriptive writing and multiple modesty examples.


I’ve worn partial and full hair coverings for almost 20 years to protect/camouflage the front area of my hair and scalp. Hair coverings became significant in my life over the years as a covering. Lately…I’ve been wondering if unmarried Jewish or unmarried or divorced Noahide women ever wear head coverings as apart of their modest life. Or, is it prohibited for a non-married woman to wear a head covering. Thank you ☺️

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Angelique Sijbolts
Angelique Sijbolts
Feb 03, 2023
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I haven't thought about this before. I don't know if it is forbidden for a Bat Noah to wear head coverings if they are not married. Since it is not a direct commandment or prohibition to wear head covering - although for married women recommendable, I think it is up to one to know.


But perhaps @Rabbi Moshe Bernestein or @Rabbi Moshe Perets can shed more light on this.

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Angelique Sijbolts
Angelique Sijbolts
Feb 02, 2023

A married Gentile woman is not required to wear a hair covering in public, but it is a proper modest and pious practice to do so. If she chooses to do so, it can be with a hair covering of her choice. But of course the hair covering she chooses to wear in public should not defeat that objective- i.e., it should not result in an appearance which is noticeably less modest than without it.


The reasons for hair coverings for married Gentile women and for married Jewish women are not exactly the same. The reason for Gentiles is based on logic: in many societies in earlier times, a *noticeable* hair covering was known to be a clear visible sign…


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Is this woman's head covering the same as the Jewish women? or did a beret already meet this requirement?

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