Chabad Innovates Again: in Fashion?

Black has been the color of choice for ultra religious Jews for years, one might say centuries-from the founding of chassidism in Eastern Europe, from where those kapotas originated.
That might be changing, however: some Chabad rabbis are testing out new threads, and daring to wear, like their Rebbe before them when he was a young man, something different. In this case, a different color!


NEW YORK (JTA) — Yosel Tiefenbrun looked in the mirror and he liked what he saw.
The 23-year-old Chabad rabbi and apprentice at Maurice Sedwell, a bespoke tailor’s shop on London’s Savile Row, was wearing a vintage double-breasted jacket with gold buttons, tasseled Barker shoes, a claret bow tie and matching handmade hat and square handkerchief. Then he ran out the door to attend the “Oscars of tailoring” — the Golden Shears Award ceremony honoring the best in British fashion.
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Several of his colleagues were in the running for a prize. They came back empty, but Tiefenbrun did not.

Nick Carvell, the online fashion editor at British GQ, snapped his picture and posted it the following day on the magazine’s website, naming Tiefenbrun “best in show.” Within days, the photograph of the hasidic rabbi and his natty attire was picked up by Jewish publications around the world.

“This is a very important message,” Tiefenbrun told JTA. “You can be a [religious] man and still be successful in whatever you do if you are constantly working on yourself and keeping your Jewish life alive.”

I think it's a great idea, and long in coming.  Relgious Jewish women have already made inroads into fashion while keeping the Jewish values of modesty.  So now, it's time for the men.  We don't live in Eastern Europe with its frozen winters, and a light color would be very beneficial in the hot summers.  Read the entire article exerpted above,  here.

Because it's erev Shavuot (the eve of the holiday of Shavuot), I probably won't post again until after the holiday ends, Thursday after sundown.  Besides, I'm sick, so I need to be in bed.  I wish everyone Jewish a chag sameach, and everyone else, a good week.


Reita Faria said…
Chabad London the name of a Torah portion is, of course, indicative of its general content, inasmuch as the title applies equally to all its verses. This is also true regarding Lech Lecha , “Go for your own sake” — a title that implies a continual moving forward.

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