The ISJL Education Newsletter - Fashion Edition!
In February of every year, hordes of humans who are fervently fashion-forward descend on New York for “Fashion Week.” One could argue that ever since biblical times, Jews have been dipping our toes into the design pool. Joseph had an amazing technicolor dream coat. Aaron and his family had meticulously designed priestly vestments. Elijah had an enchanting cloak that he passed along to his mentee, Elisha.
Not only do we have interesting ritual garb that we obsess over--tefilin (phylacteries), tallit (prayer shawl), and kippah (skullcap)—but each synagogue usually has a set of rules regarding what you’re supposed to wear. Should worshippers wear a suit and tie? Should shoulders and knees be covered? What sort of footwear is expected on a particular holiday? These are important questions that we should think about, and clarify in advance, before judging anyone who walks in our Sanctuary.
Beyond our local congregations, Jews have a long history of being involved in the fashion industry and developing particular fashion trends. In honor of the red carpets and runways that will be walked this month, we bring to you some of the following fashion-forward features:
We hope that these essays can give you some insight for the next time you walk into a Jewish communal space to be inspired to “make it work!”
The ISJL Education Team
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