Short Shorts or All Covered Up: What’s an Israeli Schoolgirl to Wear?

In Israel, the battle over dress codes takes on a unique dimension because of the extreme heat, and the religious-secular modesty issues.

Flip-flops, skimpy tank tops, and ultra-short fraying jean shorts that look as if they could unravel any moment: the battle over letting it all hang out at school is eternal - but heats up, so to speak in May and June, when the weather gets warm, and even though they are in the midst of final exams and not yet at the beach, kids and teenagers want to dress as if it is already summer vacation.