- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: Targum/Feldheim (1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568711239
- ISBN-13: 978-1568711232
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,424,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Outside/Inside: A Fresh Look at Tzniut Paperback – 1997
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Gila Manolson's words are a pleasure to read. She writes about observance from the perspective of the literate, humorous, modern woman that she is. As with her previous book, "The Magic Touch" Mandolson spares us the "whens" and "hows" of observance and goes directly to the "why." She is gentle and generous. And even to a committed rationalist like me she makes ankle length skirts and covered heads seem not just modest but borderline ... dare I say it... holy.
This book gave me good insight on how i respect myself and what I allow others to respect me for. Although I don't show this by wearing long skirts and covering my hair, it helped me to become aware of how much i focus on the physical in myself and others, and this has led to a shift in my attitude and behavior, which if you ask me is far more important than following a set of rules/guidelines without true understanding.
This is obviously written for teenagers, but as a 25 year-old woman, I think it's important that women of all ages look at the way that they value themself (cause let's face it, teens and pre-teens are constantly being aided in improving their self-esteem, it's those of us being bombarded with ads for botox and liposuction that could use some help...).
This book explains the observance of modesty in simple and clear language with many anecdotal accounts. More importantly, the author tackles the opposition of inner worth and outward show. Are you only what you appear or are you even more? And if you are more than why would you need to show off? I'm taking a second look at how I want to present myself and how much more my inner self matters.
Twelve years later, my own daughter is approaching adolescence and beginning to question all of these rules, and I thought that a joint reading of Outside Inside was the perfect way to start a discussion of the meaning of tzniut, so I ordered the new (2005) edition of the book. Fortunately I preread it before showing it to my daughter. It is very, very similar to the original edition, but the entire tone is changed. There is a subtle shift that eliminates much of the "gentle and generous" aspect of the original. On reading it, I did not feel that I was reading a book by someone who understood why young people might have difficulties with some of the concepts of tzniut; it felt more like a lecture at times by someone who really could not understand why anyone would dress immodestly, and rather looked down on them for it. As I said, much of the material was the same, but the tone of it turned me off, even now when I am myself fully convinced of the importance of tzniut. So bottom line: buy the original!
review on Tzniut (Modesty). I was expectant for a more indepth look at the topic,
however the book shared personal reflections and stories and is very easy to read
and also easy to relate to. I do recommend the book as something for easy reading
and everyday understanding of Tzniut, it is not extensive and does not go into
Halachic teaching on Modesty, so if you looking for that you will not find it here
however if you want an everyday understanding then this is the book to go for.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An amazing book and a must read for every woman. I also think this is an essential tool in healing self-confidence as well as building it in your children.Published 17 months ago by KR
this book is about self confidence in young women and teaches them that a person is more to what is just portrayed on the outside. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Simon05
I read the 1997 edition of this book more then 10 years ago, and it was a transformative experience for me. Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by Heather Jacobson