One of the first things people notice upon entering an Orthodox Jewish community is that people are dressed modestly—particularly the girls and women. The popular misconception is that Judaism imposes this dress code upon females to protect males against sexual distraction, a convenient dumping of men's problem on women's doorstep.

This is a tragic reduction of a profound concept: tzniut, popularly understood as modesty, but better translated as internal self-definition.

Modest dress is merely one expression of tzniut. Tzniut is not a dress code, but the consciousness that you are a soul. It allows you to express your truest self by letting your body and everything else about you, including your talents and achievements, reflect your soul rather than overshadow it. Tzniut, therefore, is infinitely more than what we wear—it's the spiritual potential within every one of us, male and female, and Judaism enjoins us all to actualize it.

Outside/Inside: A Fresh Look at Tzniut takes us through the various levels of who we are, peeling each one off to reveal our core identity. And it describes how, in the process, tzniut transforms us and our relationships, giving us the chance for real love.

Gila Manolson has, once again, presented us with a book that will do more than pry open closed minds. Outside/Inside provides insight and inspiration to those of us who share her values but have not explored beneath the surface. The beauty and clarity of her writing is a rare gift.
Tziporah Heller, author and educator, Neve Yerushalayim, Jerusalem
The words THANK YOU are too weak to express the intense gratitude I feel. Your amazing book, written with such simplicity yet such grandeur, has contributed immensely to my life (and to the lives of my friends and acquaintances). Please keep publishing books like this—we need them!
S. M., Israel
Gila Manolson's words are a pleasure to read. She writes about [tzniut] from the perspective of the literate, humorous, modern woman that she is…. She is gentle and generous.
A. F., Chicago, IL
…insightful, meaningful, and heartfelt.… her words truly stuck a chord in me, they spoke to my soul.
N.L., Chicago, IL

Outside/Inside has been translated into French, Portuguese, and Hebrew.

Click to buy the English edition

Click to buy the French edition (retitled [in French] Beyond the Mirror)

For the Portuguese edition (retitled [in Portuguese] Beyond the Mirror), contact:
Editora e Livraria Sefer Ltda.
Email: sefer@sever.com.br

For the Hebrew edition (pocket-size, retitled [in Hebrew] Flesh and Spirit), contact the author through this website.