Rabbi Meir Ashkenazi, the new rabbi of the central Israeli village of Kfar Chabad, is working hard to succeed in an area in which his father, the late Rabbi Mordechai Ashkenazi, was not totally successful, according to reports.
In a letter sent to all residents of the chassidic community this month, the young rabbi spelled out modesty regulations for all.
He explained as we are in the shadow of Rosh Hashana and the beginning of a new school year, it is important for all to familiarize themselves with the community’s regulations in addition to each and every person’s personal responsibility to adhere to these halachos.
While in recent weeks and months the rav’s efforts directed at the women of the community were evident to all, the letter appears to the children too.
The pamphlet explains one’s skirt must cover one’s knees while one is seated, one must wear socks that cover the knee, one’s neck and elbows are to be covered properly, one’s general appearance should express humbleness and humility, married woman must wear a sheitel outdoors in the community and one may not make do with a scarf when walking in the street or while driving a vehicle.
“I am asking each and every person to make sure their daughters dress in accordance with these rules” writes the rav, who asks to not just make concern oneself with modesty but also with the internet, adding “Care must be taken to prevent access to websites that are inappropriate. These sites R”L have toppled many.”