The Rebbe would address the topic of Tznius every year before the summer months. The following short thoughts of the Rebbe on tznius are a continuation of a weekly summer series and are compiled by Rabbi Michoel Seligson.
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“In our generation the lack of Tznius exists, similar to a plague.”
Rabbi Hodokov the Rebbe’s chief secretary relayed many directives from the Rebbe regarding Tznius. They were compiled in the book Hachinuch v’Hamechanech
“In every generation exists an avoda zora (idol) that relates exclusively to that specific generation. Great effort needs to be made to overcome and nullify it.
In our generation the lack of tznius exists, similar to a plague [G-D should protect]. It is necessary to overpower it, and particularly in matters which provoke the yetzer horo. At times, after acting this way so often, it seems to the person that it is acceptable and is something permitted (see Talmud Yuma 86b). But the prohibition still remains in effect and one needs to exert extra strength [against it].”
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“I will need to distance them from my dalet amos”
Rabbi Shmuel Chefer, the dean of Bais Rivka in Kfar Chabad, Israel relayed a directive he heard from the Rebbe in yechidus:
The Rebbe expressed himself sharply on this matter. The Rebbe requested to gather all the students, and especially their mothers, and speak to them words from the heart, not to change the tznius way of dressing. The institution should demand that garments be appropriate for a Jewish daughter, according to the Shulchan Aruch.
“Although there are rumors that a non-Jew in Paris is coming out with a style that is opposite [to the Shulchan Aruch], hopefully they will wear long clothes because this is what the Shulchan Aruch states and not because the non-Jew in Paris chose another design. Oy v’avoy to them, if they follow the non-Jew’s decision in Paris, and not do all in accordance with the laws of the Shulchan Aruch.”
The Rebbe concluded, “If after speaking to the girls and their parents, they will not adhere G-D forbid, I will need to distance them from my dalet amos” [my surroundings] (Kfar Chabad #1618).
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“A woman’s tznius is the assured path for health, parnossa and much nachas”
“It was explained in many places in the Talmud and the Zohar, that strengthening a woman’s tznius is the assured path for health, parnossa and much nachas; true nachas from children and grandchildren. This is dependent on each of you, to accomplish in herself and to be concerned for your friends, and that also relatives and acquaintances should be informed of the great potential that they have and the success attributed to that.” (Igros Kodesh vol. 8 page 203).