By Penina Metal
In light of the need to highlight the importance of tznius as befits a Jewish woman, I would like to share with you an amazing experience that I had recently.
I had an hour between appointments, so I rushed into Macy’s in Herald Square to see if I could purchase a pair of shoes.
A very nice African-American saleswoman tried to help me and insisted on walking me to another area to try to find a good fit for me.
When she received a box from the storeroom, something looked off with the shoes. To me it appeared as if the shoes were of two different sizes.
She checked inside the shoes and let out a horrified exclamation: “You can’t wear these!”
“They are lined with pig-skin,” she said. “You are Jewish! You cannot wear these! This is disgusting!”
My jaw nearly dropped.
She went on to say, “I am going to tell any other Jewish women that I see, that you cannot wear these shoes.”
People labeling Jews is a problem these days on social media, but in this case, I was extremely proud.
I was proud that I looked like a Jewish woman. I was dressed appropriately and wearing a shaitel. I was proud that I represented Yiddishkeit and the Rebbe, appropriately.
I know that Halacha does permit one to wear pig-lined shoes, but I still felt honored to be labeled Jewish.