When the Rebbe Approved, Then Rejected Tznius Pins

Following the recent article on the Rebbe’s approach to tznius, an Anash.org reader shared the history of a unique pin prepared by Nshei Chabad at the Rebbe’s directive.

By Anash.org staff

Following the recent article on the Rebbe’s approach to tznius, an Anash.org reader shared the history of a unique pin prepared by Nshei Chabad at the Rebbe’s directive:

In 5730/1970, the Rebbe famously promoted the promotion of tznius and he called upon Nshei Chabad to name tznius as the theme of the Nshei Chabad women’s convention. The Rebbe wrote how it should be taught that “modesty is the finest character trait, the crown of the Jewish mother and daughter.”

At that time, pin-back buttons were a popular method of spreading ideas. The leaders of Nshei Chabad, therefore, decided to create a button that would carry that message. With the Rebbe’s approval, the buttons bearing the phrase “Tznius, The Essence of The Jewish Woman.”

When the buttons were ready, a sample was given in to the Rebbe. The Rebbe inspected the button and noted that the pin in the back was unsafe. The Rebbe then instructed them not to distribute those buttons.

Recently, those pins were discovered and paper copies were made and distributed by Chabad tznius organization, Bnos Melech B’Yachad.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this piece of history.
    At the time the Rebbe wrote a letter, addressed to Nshei Ubnos Chabad, expressing the significance and responsibilty of Jewish women and girls when it comes to the values of tznius.
    Would you so kindly share it with your readers.
    Thank you

  2. Other pins that the Rebbe approved of:

    Mesibos Shabbos pin in 5702 (if I’m not mistaken, Yemei Bereishis recounts that the Rebbe wore one inside his jacket).

    “I put on Tefillin today” pin. It was arranged by the bochurim in Montreal, and the Rebbe fixed the lashon (I don’t remember the exact lashon on the pin). I once heard Reb Moshe Kotlarsky recount the story of how it was made.
    Several years ago, someone on mivtzoim showed me an old Tefillin pin which he found in his posession.

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