Audio Roundup 2023:22

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by Joel Rich

It’s interesting that often the defense of higher tziniut dress standards is they are necessary because of the concomitant lower standards in the outside world. I wonder why we don’t see a similar movement demanding higher standards for a tzniut lifestyle for both men and women. An example might be that institutions should not encourage expensive events for fundraising, and that smachot and holiday programs should also be less ostentatious in times where the general society focuses on ostentation. Any thoughts on why?

Shidduchim crisis? Chulin 83a has a statement that the Mishna teaches us that it is “orach ara” (normal practice) for the groom’s family to put in more effort than the bride’s family for the wedding festivities. It doesn’t seem to say this is halachically required; only that it’s common practice. Any thoughts on why that was, and what it is now and why?

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About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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