According to the latest pashkevil (wall poster), posted by Rafi of Life in Israel, the Edah Charedit warns women against adopting new customs, going against their husbands, wearing strange clothing including veils, and dressing up their daughters according to various stringencies.
The Edah Haredit is a stringent, anti-Zionist rabbinical court in Jerusalem with a large following.
The first paragraph of the pashkevil warns against clothing that is too straight or tight. Here is my translation of the second paragraph:
At the same time, one must be careful not to wear strange and weird coverings and clothing (and likewise, veils etc.) especially if it is against the opinion of the husband, even if they appear to be stringencies in matters of modesty, because this is against the halachic tradition, and the determination of these modesty issues must be under the supervision of the rabbis shlit”a, especially regarding things that have already led, unfortunately, to changes in the running of the home and the education of children, as known to the religious court signed below, that are against the religion of the Holy Torah. And should not implement changes and stringencies like this with young women and small girls.
The proclamation is dated 24 Av, 5770 (last week) and signed by Rabbis Weiss, Ullman, Rosenberger, and others.
- The language could have been much stronger.
- Originally, a pashkevil signed by “second-tier” rabbis went up. It did not mention veils.
- There is no mention of “shalim” (cloaks). Remember, six years ago the Edah recommended it for all women. Rabbi Josh Waxman suggests that they are toning things down because of the abuse case of Bruria Keren. Does the “strange clothing,” i.e. “etc.” refer to shalim? Will young girls continue to dress like those below?