I’ve just enrolled in finishing school. Yes, consider me old-fashioned but I’m getting a formal education in how to behave like a lady.
To be fair, I’m technically enrolled in a school for theological studies. But since an important part of Jewish religious life is behaving like a “daughter of the king,” appropriate behavior is a major topic of conversation. I should also note that my mother and grandmother were wonderful role models, but the community standards in Jerusalem take modesty to a whole new level.
A very interesting idea that I’ve seen at this school is the idea that behaving like a princess is an aspect of modesty. Why would this be so?
If we observe British royalty, their dress and behavior suggests the respect appropriate to their position. So too, we are precious and deserve a certain respect. Beyond our dress our behaviors can convey the message that we respect ourselves. Who would make inappropriate romantic advances to Mother Theresa or the Queen of England?
Dear readers, what do you think of this concept? Must behavior be included in modesty, or is it enough to cover up? And how do we keep the necessary distance as daughters of the king while still maintaining a certain grace and warmth?