Well, it wasn't long before somebody asked me why, if I am really a Hasid, don't I wear a suit on my profile? The fact is, a good suit is the last thing you want to be wearing when you are doing farm chores. Ditto for white shirts. To clean the barn, you want to wear the oldest rags you have -- and change them when you come inside.
Did that satisfy the halachah police? Not really. Before long I got another query asking why I wasn't wearing a brimmed hat. Never mind that I was wearing a yarmulke -- "everybody knows" a true Hasid wears a brimmed hat over his yarmulke.
|Yonassan Gershom, 2013|
No doubt there will be somebody who points out that my coat is blue, not black. Oy vey, when will it end? First of all, Breslov Hasidim (the group I belong to) do not have a uniform, so you see all kinds of clothes at a Breslov gathering. And secondly, it is a fact that Jews -- even very religious ones -- did not always wear black. Neither did the American Pilgrims in the 1600s, even though we now portray them that way. Their clothes were colored with natural dyes in various earth tones.
So were the clothes of Jews. Consider this folk painting of pre-Holocaust stetl (village) life in Eastern Europe by Ilex Beller: