Shulem Deen has a terrific piece in the New York Daily News, about the burden of religious garb in the summer – but he just talks about the heavy fur hats and wool tzitzis – what about the ladies? What about those shaitlach and high collared tops and long sleeves and thick stockings? I’d take a sweater set over a fur hat any day, but still, religious women suffer too.
Although, I do remember when I was a teenager, having a conversation with a goy on a bus, about how I could bear wearing such restrictive clothing in an August heat wave.
“It’s just a matter of expectations,” I explained. “Even when it’s very hot, I would guess you don’t spend all day wishing you were naked – you know you have to wear a certain amount of clothes. I just accept this is what I have to wear. It’s hot, but not unbearable.”
Hah! Past me, even future you doesn’t have those societal restrictions you imagined goyim lived by! I spent this recent heat wave naked (albeit indoors), most of the time!
But what do you remember of bearing the heat as a religious person – did you accept it? Resent it? Suffer terribly?Printable Version