Gentle readers, did you know that there is a holiday that explicitly celebrates feminine modesty? The upcoming holiday of Purim is about revealing only the right amount, only at the right time. It is a holiday about that which is hidden beneath the surface. At its deepest level it is about the modesty of the Divine, whose presence often appears to be hidden in our daily lives--but which is often revealed upon closer examination.
On the surface, Purim is really strange. Queen Esther is forced to leave her husband Mordechai to be the Queen of Persia - along with the king's several hundred concubines. How is she the model of modesty? In addition to her modest speech, she maintained her traditional modest dress even while in the king's harem.
As the warmer weather approaches, and brings with it tube tops and mini-skirts, isn't it a comfort to know that even hundreds of years ago, women of modesty had to overcome societal pressures?