Via Rafi at Life in Israel.
I sometimes like to post emails that get sent out to the local community email list [Ramat Beit Shemesh] that I get a kick out of… This one was sent yesterday to the local list… and I get a kick out of it…
To the Ladies of RBS from Shmiras Einayim
Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:36 pm (PST)
During these weeks of Shovavim over one hundred men have committed to
knowing more about the Halachas of keeping Kosher Eyes and improving our
habits by enrolling in the Shmiras Einayim Program and going to shiurim.
Obviously none of us were born in RBS and all have been in many other
neighborhoods to compare. We realize that women of RBS have chosen a
higher standard of modesty than other communities and have made RBS far
superior than virtually every other community we have lived in with
We all express sincere gratitude for women in RBS being extra careful
in dressing and acting in a modest way. Each of us express greater
pride and appreciation for our own wife.
Thanks so much for each women in the community taking extra effort to
make RBS grow to even greater heights in Ruchniyus. Yasher Koach
Rafi wants to know what readers think. This reader is glad that no one has ever thanked her for dressing modestly. I was going to write that the letter is a better approach than hanging threatening signs, but on second thought I’m not sure. The writer should show appreciation to his own wife and leave the rest of us alone.
These techniques only work on the people who already care. This letter isn’t going to inspire anyone to start covering her hair or wear longer skirts.
Shmiras Eynaim: Lit. guarding eyes; i.e. avoiding viewing immodest women
Shovavim: winter period of special fasts and prayers
Halachos: Jewish laws
Yasher Koach: Good job (roughly)