Sunday, January 4, 2009

brachas on breasts

A friend of mine, Tzipporah, came over for dinner, and showed a little bit of cleavage.

Another friend, Ben, told me later that he couldn't make brachas or bench in front of her 'display'. (He also asked me to put away all the US Weeklies and other mags with non-tznius ads)

Her problem? I'm thinking it's his.

You can't force other people to cover up.

Unless you're in Afganistan.

11 comments:

NotaGeek! said...

If you don't look there is no problem...

A lot of those types that look down when a women passes them are the same ones that stare you down from you backside once you pass...

Schvach said...

I wonder what the rabbis would come up with as a brocha over breasts.

Anonymous said...

isn't mother's milk she'hakol?

EsPes said...

its a real thing! a guy cant make a bracha while looking at a girl whos elbows/collar bone are showing

Anonymous said...

Brocha on breasts? Zokef kefufim, of course! ;-)

the real bracha said...

but why would anyone want to, MM??? anyways, the real bracha should be "oseh maaseh breishis"!

anon - that is only if she had a breast job...

Anonymous said...

Uh, you've got the subject of the effect wrong...

Frayda said...

"If you don't look there is no problem..."
True - One time my family was eating a Shabbos meal at a really frum family's house. The husband turned his head to the side when he was making kiddush and hamotzei because my mother's shirt was lower than her neckline (not showing any cleavage, just skin). I don't even think my mother was offended.

The Babysitter said...

Well now this I can understand. Turning away isn't enough here. I actually learned about this once, but I forgot what the Halacha was.

badforshidduchim said...

Yeah, I'm pretty sure turning away doesn't help. Maybe you can't force a girl to cover up in the USA, but a girl can be considerate and not display when a guy has a brocha to make. All it would take it a shawl or jacket. My grandmother never covered her hair - except during kiddush/hamotzi. It's just basic human decency and consideration for other people.

harry-er than them all said...

in college when i need to make a bracha, i just close my eyes. thats what my rebbeim told me.