Are Dirty Army Uniforms Appropriate for Prayer?

Tank soldiers holding Mincha service before going into battle during Second Lebanon War. (Courtesy of American Friends of the IDF Rabbinate)

Tank soldiers holding Mincha service
before going into battle during Second Lebanon War. (Courtesy of American Friends of the IDF Rabbinate)

— by Rabbi Aharon Ziegler

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik was very meticulous and stringent in every phase of Hilchot Tefillah, the laws of prayer. He often cited the Rambam (Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Tefilah 5) that eight specific aspects of prayer should be adhered to while standing for Shemoneh Esrei (the central element in all Jewish prayer), the fourth of which is Tikun HaMalbushim, proper and dignified attire.
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