Rationale for Modesty Guidelines
YHWH talks to us about modesty in the Scripture, so it is evident that there is an idea of modesty in his heart. It is clear that modesty is at least as much about how we act as about how we dress. However, YHWH does not go on to line out in detail how to be modest in every setting of life.
Every conference or event has a culture; norms or ideals that are shared by those participating. One of those things relates to the definition of modesty. Everyone reading this should be able to comprehend that some people will not come if the modesty guidelines are too restrictive. Others will not come if they are too inclusive.
One of the things we are taking into account as we organize this event, is that we are rehearsing for the Wedding between Yeshua and his Bride. Also, please bear in mind that all this works best when there is kindness and shalom toward one another.
Our objectives in generating guidelines:
- To reflect our best understanding of what YHWH expects of his people when they congregate in His mo’edim. This is based on decades of collective experience in attending as well as organizing events. But we overtly state that we (the organization team) are still learning as we try to serve you and build the Kingdom.
- To make the guidelines restrictive enough that those attending will be able to worship and fellowship without the distractions that come when there is too much exposure.
- To make the guidelines inclusive enough so that as many people as possible will be able to come without significantly changing how they are used to dressing themselves.
- To have guidelines that are realistic, practical, and “livable”.
Modesty Guidelines (Dress Code)
These guidelines are specifically for the meeting venues, but we ask that everyone consider the issues behind them as you pack before you come to Sukkot, and as you dress and prepare to interact with others who are attending the event, even though you may not be entering a worship setting. If you are unsure about a garment, please consider going in a more conservative direction as you choose what to pack or wear.
Be Set Apart to YHWH, and Holy (Spiritual messaging and symbolism)
- No skulls, bloody weapons, death culture or other spiritually negative imagery.
- No skintight clothing. This includes jeans. Leggings are great (necessary if you are dancing in a skirt or dress), but please make sure your outer garments still meet the other guidelines below.
- No see through garments, unless as a wrap or outer garment over other clothing that meets the guidelines below. If you have a garment that is not densely woven, please check it with light behind it before wearing it.
- Please make sure your buttons work as intended. For those who are going to dance, button down shirts should not gap when the arms are held wide.
- No shorts.
- No jeans with holes.
- Skirts or dresses must cover the knee. If you are going to dance, this means that if you raise your arms, your hemline should still touch your knee. Leggings should come just below the knee as a minimum for those participating in Worship dance.
- For skirts with slit sides, the slit must not extend above the knee.
- No skin showing at the waist. If you are going to dance, this means you need to check your waist with your arms raised.
- For both men and women, no deep V or low cut necklines (front or back).
- No visible cleavage or bust exposure. Please check your neckline when bending forward, especially if you are going to dance.
- The neckline should function so as to cover bra straps, tank top straps, etc.
- Sleeve lines should extend onto the arm. If you are going to dance, this means that as you move, your undergarments and underarms should not be visible.
Thank you for your understanding and support.