It's typical for people in Orthodox Jewish communities to dress conservatively; you'll often see women in long-sleeved tops and full skirts or men in pants and high-collared shirts strolling through southern Brooklyn.
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What's unusual is the lengths some will go to make sure their neighbors follow the dress code.
The Times reports that so-called "modesty committees" have taken to enforcing modest dress using whatever creepy means they deem necessary. The groups have made a habit of threatening local businesses and families who aren't following the rules. "They operate like the Mafia," Rabbi Allan Nadler told the Times, "They walk into a store and say it would be a shame if your window was broken or you lost your clientele."More »