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Covering Upper Arm

Do upper arms need to be covered as tzniut? Males or females?


For men, there is no obligation to cover the upper arm. Indeed, in the hot summer days Rav Moshe Feinstein wore a short sleeved shirt that left part of the upper arm uncovered, and of course there is no problem with this.

For women, the upper arm is considered a “covered area” of the body, and must be covered, as the Mishnah Berurah rules (75:2).

This is also the common custom among observant Jews.

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  1. I seem to recall seeing a picture of R’ Moshe Feinstein sitting and learning with a short sleeved shirt. Does anyone know if such a picture is available on line? (I tried finding it, but wasn’t able to).

    1. I’ve seen the picture, too. If I recall correctly it was taken in the mountains during the summer months.

  2. Just to clarify, does this mean I can wear a top that shows my whole arm (e.g. a mens tank top)?

    I am training for a long distance race, and was going to ask wether this would be permitted to make my running easier in the heat, but I found this in the archives…

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