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Boudoir shoots not against Jewish law, says rabbi of growing trend

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Boudoir photo shoots are a growing trend in New York’s Orthodox communities, according to a report in the New York Post. Lea (last name withheld) of Folie Boudoir, whose photography work mostly comes from weddings, says that boudoir bookings for the Hasidic community in Flatbush, Brooklyn, now account for 35 percent of her overall business (or around 40 clients per year).

“It’s not against Halakha [Jewish law] to keep your husband satisfied,” said 47-year-old Malky, an Orthodox Jewish grandmother from Marine Park, Brooklyn, who is ordinarily covered head to toe in public, but surprised her husband for his birthday this year with a photo shoot in not much more than a white shirt and heels.

Niki Broyn, 41, an Orthodox mother of four, said: “Sometimes [the women’s] adventurous nature surprises me” but also calls the behavior “natural”. One of her clients, Suree Perl, 27, was raised Orthodox but has since withdrawn from some of the strictures of her upbringing. “I grew up in the Hasidic world in Williamsburg. I always wanted these pics — but was hesitant,” she said of her shoot three years ago.

“Judaism recognizes that passion is important in marriage,” said Elie Weinstock, rabbi at New York’s Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun. But, he notes, “Judaism believes in modesty. I think this is ‘kosher,’ but I don’t think it needs to be front-page news. It’s between a husband and wife.”

Read the full story at the New York Post.

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