Burning Down Your Wife’s Non-Tznius Wardrobe


    Burning Down Your Wife’s Non-Tznius Wardrobe

    One Minute Halacha: Mara D’asra and member of the Crown Heights Beis Din, Rabbi Yosef Yeshaya Braun, discusses the laws of Bal Tashchis, and the opinions which hold that destroying a wife’s non-Tznius wardrobe is not a prohibtion ● To receive the daily video via email or WhatsApp, go to www.halacha2go.com

    1. Rahel Sharon Jaskow

      Burning another person’s property is an inexcusable act of abuse.

      Forget bal tash’hit. Forget modesty. If a man feels free to destroy his wife’s property, we are talking potential pikuah nefesh. Remember Heine’s prediction about burning books? In case you’re a bit weak on history, it came true. What can we learn from it about burning one’s wife’s clothing for not being modest enough? Some cultures have already made that leap. You show a stunning disregard for the implications of that act, to say the very least.

      I am religiously observant and I feel that this post is disgusting and distressing. You say nothing about the abusive nature of the act or about exerting inappropriate control over another person. This post, and the thinking behind it, dishonor Chabad and Judaism as a whole. It is a hillul ha-Shem.

      Shame on you.

    2. Janice Kaye

      And you don’t think destroying her clothes is going to cause an argument? What you say is disgusting. You should not be “stopping your wife” doing anything. What you suggest is abuse. I suggest any woman who has her clothes burnt by her husband makes 2 visits – one to the police station to report a wilful act of destruction of her property and the other to the divorce court to start the divorce process. If this is what Chabad purports I will never attend a Chabad event or step into Bet Chabad again .

    3. molly

      I think ruining your wife’s cloth is an act of violence.
      If there is any disagreement regarding clothing and you can’t solve it with your wife, being controlling will probably not make her more tznius.
      I don’t think this could work for women in our generation.
      The only thing you achieve is ruining your sholom bais and becoming a violent husband in the name of Torah.
      And where do you draw the line?
      Some might just burn whatever looks pretty, because they think pretty is not tznius.
      Or taking some chumros from some book they read and decide the perfectly tnius wife is not tznius, since she doesn’t follow those chumros.
      Husbands don’t always know what considered tznius an what is not.
      They might not see any problem in some not tnius cloth, but think something is really not tznius, when there is not any tznius issue.
      I think this is something to discuss on a longer video, and anybody with such a problem should receive an individual guidance from a rov.

    4. JK

      What YOU think is not the priority

    5. Gil Amminadav

      Correct, the law as decided by the Bet Din Haggadol is the priority, and that law does not say that there is a definition of tsniyut that applies in all places at all times, nor that you can burn your wife’s clothing against her wishes.

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