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The Virtue of Beauty

Do Jewish people believe in the value of beauty?


Certainly. The Talmud teaches that a beautiful home, beautiful utensils, and a beautiful wife, “expand a person’s mind”. Jerusalem is termed (by the verse) the most beautiful of cities. The Mothers of our nation are described by the Torah as being beautiful. There are many other examples. Beauty is associated with perfection, a harmonious entity the elements of which fit together perfectly.

However, as far as people are concerned, beauty is considered a virtue specifically when it reflects some inner beauty, for otherwise, the verse (end of Proverbs) states that beauty is ‘false’. True beauty is the beauty that radiates from deep within the person.

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