Thousands of you were called yesterday in an anonymous robocall calling out a stunning new Women’s clothing store here in Lakewood, decrying their ‘tznius level,’ urging people not to shop there.
As the owner of Offline By Metziahs, a fairly new clothing store, I am all too familiar with the process of opening a new store. From the construction to the design to hiring employees, HR, payroll – this is all before we get to the clothing. Simply put, It is a massive undertaking.
There are many clothing stores which cater to many crowds. Just like music, there is something for everyone, but not everything is for everyone. It goes without saying, it is the store owner’s duty and responsibility to consult with his or her LOR prior to opening to ensure all Halachos are being adhered to.
‘Uncertified robocalls’ should be universally condemned.
At Metziahs, prior to launching our site, we were given pretty strict guidelines which we follow. Many other sites do not follow these guidelines, but their Rabbonim were likelier more lenient. Judaism is not black and white. Even those crying Halacha Halacha, there are many variables in every individual question. Just look at the Halacha section at the local Judaica store… While covering 4 inches below the knee may be easy for some, covering 4 inches above may be a milestone for others. It is no one else’s responsibility nor business to get involved and start playing referee. If a store needs to be ‘changed’ there are normal ways to do so (IE Speak with them…). Any drastic move must only be done by a leading Rav, not ‘Rabbi anonymous.’ For someone to call thousands of homes in the name of ‘Tznius, is an incredibly disgraceful thing, it should never be tolerated or allowed to happen and likely borders on defamation.
‘Uncertified robocalls’ should be universally condemned. Let us fix ourselves before running around fixing others. There are ways of dealing with issues, this is not one of them. We need more unity not division.
In summation: Everyone is holding on a different level. We each have an obligation to protect our own standards but that doesn’t require us to call out others publicly. To shame and defame another yid causes so much division and chilul hashem. Let’s work on our personal growth and affect others through osmosis.