Question:

Dear Rabbi,

Yireh is determined by our attire. I visit shuls with incompetant dress. One man arrives in shorts. Others maybe untidy attire. Few ever even a tie.

What is reasonable in minyans that can meet daily? Seemingly a shirt and pants minimum.

The reform I once knew left a more orthodox impression than today’s modern elite orthodox. The memory of a few at least is well dressed. Perhaps they are more helpful in attire.

I feel angry.

Thanks.

Answer:

You are very correct. When we come to daven we should be dressed appropriately and respectfully. When we daven we are supposed to be dressed as if we are having a meeting with an important person, because when davening shmona esrei we are actually having a meeting with the king of kings. Therefore we should be dressed appropriately.

Best Wishes

Sources:

Shulchan Aruch 91-5 M:B ibid 11.

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