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Women Swimming Where Men Can See

Question:

If a family was camping in a remote location and wished to go swimming what is the level of frequency or chance of men passing which would made it forbidden for a woman to bathe immodestly?

Answer:

If the location is “remote,” to the degree that men passing by will be “surprising,” it is permitted to bathe (this definition is extrapolated from several poskim’s opinion concerning bugs in foods; see our article on the topic for more details). Moreover, if the concern for Jewish men is slight it is permitted, even where there is a concern for non-Jewish men.

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