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Why do "religous" Jewish women wear wigs?


Asked by Anonymous at 9:29 PM on Apr. 21, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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    Halacha (Jewish law) requires married women to cover their hair;Maimonides calls this requirement Dat Moshe (the law of Moses). The most common hair coverings in the Haredi community are the Snood (headgear) the Tichel (scarf), and the Sheitel (wig); some Haredi women cover their hair with hats or berets. Observance of this law is not universal among Modern Orthodox women, but even in this sector virtually all cover their hair in synagogue. The most common hair covering for Modern Orthodox women is a hat or beret; younger women often wear baseball caps and bandannas when dressed casually, and some wear bright and colorful scarves tied in a number of ways. A style of half wig known as a "fall" has become increasingly common ...

    Answer by Collinsky at 2:20 AM on Apr. 22, 2009

  • I've never seen any of my "religious" Jewish friends wear wigs.

    Answer by EireLass at 9:36 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • I should have used the term "Orthodox" Jews.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:38 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • According to Jewish law, married women are supposed to cover their hair.

    Answer by hannahwill at 9:44 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • BTW yes, it is mostly Orthodox Jews that follow the law.

    Answer by hannahwill at 9:45 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • It isn't a very common practice in this country. Only a few of the Orthodox women I have known in my life cover their hair.

    Answer by Marwill at 7:25 AM on Apr. 22, 2009