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Author:  Shimon
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Date:  5/16/2011 4:35:00 AM
Subject:  RE: women's dress code
Message:  I can't explain why Jewish women are adopting the custom of only wearing black but I can share some history.

During the industrial revolution it became very popular to wear garments of all colours. The Christian clergy banned it at some point during the 1800s. Since then it had become the norm to wear dark colour suits.

This could be the reason some hasidim wear those odd colour morning suits/frocks.

Don't know why they choose black because we Jews historically have been associated with blue. The Chinese call us the blue hat people.
Reply:  Our dress code over the generations was mostly influenced by the non-Jews around us.
Rav Moshe Feinstien says that the need to dress differently than the non-Jews was in Egypt only, as they did not yet get the Torah, and this was the only way to maintain their own community.

God wants us to work on our Midot and Spirituality, by following the Torah. Not to focus on the dress code.

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