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Rav Ovadia Yosef on women wearing pants


What is the view of Rav Ovadia Yosef zt”l on women wearing pants?


Rav Ovadia Yosef’s view on women wearing pants is that they should definitely not wear pants. The reason being that pants bring out the woman’s shape and it brings attraction to her body parts, and brings inappropriate thoughts. Therefore it is forbidden for women top wear even women’s pants.  He does however say that it is even worse for a woman to wear a short skirt, and therefore wearing pants although it is also prohibited, is the less of the two evils.

There is one point however where R’ Ovadia differs from other poskim. Other poskim rule that a woman may not wear pants, because pants essentially are a man’s article of clothing, therefore it would be lo tilbash. R’ Ovadia held that a woman’s pair of pants, is not lo tilbash, since if it looks different then men’s pants, such as if it made of a color that men don’t wear.

in practicality however the difference between R’ Ovadia’s view and the other poskim, is only how many prohibitions there are to a woman wearing pants, one or two, but all agree that it is not permitted.

Best Wishes


Yabia Omer 6 Y:D 14 7,8.

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