For the world of nudism there exist two terms: "Nudism" and "Naturism". Many discussions have been held debating whether any practical differences between the two terms exists. Some people say that naturists usually emphasize nature. By being naked they join nature. They take care of it, and try to live a natural life by eating natural food, and abstaining from smoking, etc. Because nudists also generally love nature we can neglect the differences, if there exist any. Since in Europe the term Naturism is common, we shall use the word "naturism" from now on.
Here in Israel there is much misunderstanding about nudity in general and social nudity (nudism) in particular, thus we feel the need to explain it here.
From our sources:
So God created Mankind in
his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created
them. And God blessed them... ... (Gen. 1:27-28)
And God saw every that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (Gen. 1:31)
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and they felt no shame.(Gen. 2:25)
We learn from these verses that
mankind in origin was naked, and only after it corrupted its way, people began
to be ashamed and to cover their body. Later nudity became "immoral" or connected
with "sexual immodesty". How is that possible? The Lord said that his creation
was very good. How could He bless the man and his woman if they, both nude,
were immoral and immodest? Is there any connection between morality and sexual
modesty and clothes? We reject this notion, and as morality and sexual modesty
cannot be identified with clothing, so amorality and sexual shamelessness can
not be identified with the absence of clothing.
A slogan very to the point is:
As children we were happy and
we sang loudly while being totally nude in the bathroom. What was the secret
of that happiness, if it is other than the fact that we were shamelessly naked?
The same feeling of happiness and liberation people feel when they are naked
alone can be enjoyed when they are with others, without shame, without the curiosity
to know what lies behind a small piece of textile.
The sense of shame toward nudity is a result of an education which has taught us that the human body is a thing to be ashamed of, and therefore must be covered for the sake others.
Nudism encourages openness, acceptance
of your body. There is no need to be ashamed of it.
Practiced naturists are more self-confident, and more able to accept others. They are broad minded. Real naturists are generally very kind and polite people, and patient with others.
Not yet convinced? Join us and experience it!