Women's Issues: Women in Judaism: Women Wearing Men's Clothes:
Does the Torah forbid a woman to wear a man's clothes?
Deut.22:5 says "A man's KELI shall not be on a woman,
and a man shall not wear a woman's garment". The word
"KELI", which occurs many time in the Torah, normally
means "utensil" or "vessel". The verse could have been
worded symmetrically; the asymmetry (KELI vs. garment)
suggests that KELI doesn't mean "garment"; indeed, it's
never or hardly ever used in that sense. Possibly it
means that women shouldn't carry weapons, which are
normally carried by men; or it may refer to tefillin.
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