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Dear Rabbi Hoffman: Please don’t ban leggings

leggingsI think that many of the men here can agree that leggings is one of those rare gifts from Hashem that we don’t thank him enough for every day. Like our eyesight, or caffine, leggings provide utmost joy on a daily basis and we just seem to take them for granted without an ounce of hakaras hatov. Sure, every time I see a malach walking in leggings to yoga I make a bracha upon seeing a beautiful sight and thank God for creating such a vehicle to allow us to see such perfection, but I feel as if it’s not enough. Rabbi Yair Hoffman has written a scathing article against leggings in this weeks Five Towns Jewish Times and I’m fearful that many of our b’nos yisroel will heed his angry words and stop showing off what Hashem gave them.

Does Rabbi Hoffman not understand that with the good comes the bad, that 90% of women who wear leggings make us want to puke, this is Hashem’s way of letting us forget the gift he had granted us. We know that the shliach who started American Apparel only had one thing to think about, “how would I transform Hashem’s beautiful daughters into works of sculpted art” unfortunately, the leggings became popular even amongst the gilguls who came back as women unable to pull off leggings successfully.

Did Rabbi Hoffman dare to ask himself what twerking would be without the advent of leggings? Spandex, yoga pants, and general poor quality stretch pants do not allow a full on twerk, they don’t allow stand up leg shaking twerks and many of those who twerk would be disadvantageously pushed out of the twerking profession because of socioeconomic status. Leggings are cheap and allow those from the “have nots” to enjoy the sport of twerking on a professional level.

I’m not sure why Rabbi Hoffman has decided to take on leggings. Why not just take down Lulu Lemon, or American Apparel. They are to blame, not the beautiful b’nos yisroel who choose to fulfill the mitzvah of hakaros hatov for their stuff on a daily basis. How dare Rabbi Hoffman pick on leggings from a chukas hagoyim perspective, why not just pick on everything we do that is goyishe. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a wagon in Cederhurst, I haven’t seen women making tea in Samovars, and since when do we have a mesorah to wear regular underwear? If you are to pick on the ways of the goyim, why not start with education, our jobs working for goyim, and the way we do our hair? Could it be that when you aren’t a majority, everything you do not invent yourself can be construed as chukas hagoyim. I guess it’s a good thing that the guy who started American Apparel and it’s leggings campaign, was an Israeli man.

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  • Orthoprax Bible November 8, 2013, 9:13 AM

    Twerking is overrated, but if not for leggings I would stay in bed from September-May.

    • Heshy Fried November 8, 2013, 9:19 AM

      Twerking is really funny, you’re probably not watching the right videos. My wife found a contest the other day and they had stand up twerking of the fat on the legs. Oh, and white women were doing a fine job. I think twerking is good for the image of plus size women.

  • rivka November 8, 2013, 9:50 AM

    the question is why on earth do these rabbis know so much about leggings? they shouldn’t be looking!

    • Ari Gold November 8, 2013, 10:23 AM

      Good question.

  • tesyaa November 8, 2013, 9:51 AM

    I have to be serious (really). I resent rabbi Hoffman’s pretending to be dan lekav zechus by saying that women don’t know that the nature of a pencil skirt worn with leggings is to rise above the knee. We, who wear these garments, don’t know, but he does?? Absurd.

    The answer is that we do know, but we don’t care.

    • ksil November 8, 2013, 11:05 AM

      the obsession (yes, its an obsession at this point) with the clothing women wear from men/rabbis is truly disturbing.

      can someone explain it to me in plain terms? this “mitzvah” is not even brought up in the torah as far as I know – yet charging interest we have a heter for!! someone help me!

      • Shragi November 9, 2013, 11:04 AM

        Totally. And doing business on shabbos, and working the land during shmita, and midvar sheker tirchak, but tznius, tznius requires our full attention, tznius requires a Talmudic mind to address it and condemn it, every day of the week.

        • Anonymous November 10, 2013, 6:11 PM

          I guess it has to do with the fact that it is in the category of arayos which is one of the gimmel chamuros…?

          • Anonymous November 12, 2013, 7:29 PM

            Oh, its in a category?!?!

            That explains it!

  • Zalmy November 8, 2013, 4:20 PM

    Wow, now this was an amusing read, I now have something to daven for this shabbos.

  • chatasi avisi November 9, 2013, 10:09 AM

    now if we could pair leggings and hot chanis i’m sure the rabbi would SEE the error of his ways. oh yeah shaitels leggings and twerking wow im going to make a video.

  • Frum Hosiery Salesman November 9, 2013, 8:59 PM

    Leggings are paying my kids Yeshiva tuition.

    • Anonymous November 10, 2013, 10:11 PM

      If I didn’t see your name, I would have misconstrued that to mean something else.

      • a November 12, 2013, 5:18 PM


      • Alter Cocker November 13, 2013, 10:24 AM

        What would you have understood it to mean?

  • Piggy November 15, 2013, 9:33 AM

    While Hoffman’s Chukas Hagoyim highlight might be debatable, you can’t deny that it might lead to mixed dancing.

  • SHAHADAT HOSSAIN December 10, 2013, 2:24 AM

    we just wondering whether we could be any part of buying / outsourcing operation. We are manfacturer / exporter from Bangladesh, We are strong and very comfortable producing any knitted item. Thaans

  • S.N. May 11, 2014, 4:42 PM


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