Q&A: Why do some ultra orthodox married jewish women use wigs to cover their hair?

Question by lilmissykato: Why do some ultra orthodox married jewish women use wigs to cover their hair?
I am under the impression that they cover their hair to keep lustful eyes from … well lusting… but why cover it with a wig? And some of them are REALLY nice…. ..I don’t get why cover something with something equally nice.

Course I could be totally wrong to start with.

Best answer:

Answer by CindyComesBack
Rabbi Elyashiv has poskined that if an ultra orthodox woman is going to wear a wig, that it must LOOK like a wig. That is, it must clearly be a wig, and not be able to be mistaken for her real hair.

http://www.jewishblogging.com/blog.php?bid=166558

So now what we have is a bunch of Ultra Orthodox women running around in really crappy looking wigs, which make them look ridiculous and ugly.

Better off sticking with the scarf, in my opinion.

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2 thoughts on “Q&A: Why do some ultra orthodox married jewish women use wigs to cover their hair?

  1. Trish JPA and Jewish Pastafarian

    You are correct, and your point is one that is argued within Judaism. That is one reason that some Orthodox women do not use a wig (also known as a “sheitl”), but prefer to cover their hair with a scarf, snood, or similar headwear. As with most things in Judaism, although the opinion of her husband and/or her rabbi would also count quite heavily, the decision ultimately rests with the individual woman. Of course, there is also peer pressure in a given community, but it is ultimately the woman’s choice.

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  2. dryBri aka Eatonwrite RETURNS!

    I’m still waiting for an answer as to WHY some of the ultra-orthodox wear wigs…is anyone going to answer the question?

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Q&A: Why do some ultra orthodox married jewish women use wigs to cover their hair?

Question by lilmissykato: Why do some ultra orthodox married jewish women use wigs to cover their hair?
I am under the impression that they cover their hair to keep lustful eyes from … well lusting… but why cover it with a wig? And some of them are REALLY nice…. ..I don’t get why cover something with something equally nice.

Course I could be totally wrong to start with.

Best answer:

Answer by CindyComesBack
Rabbi Elyashiv has poskined that if an ultra orthodox woman is going to wear a wig, that it must LOOK like a wig. That is, it must clearly be a wig, and not be able to be mistaken for her real hair.

http://www.jewishblogging.com/blog.php?bid=166558

So now what we have is a bunch of Ultra Orthodox women running around in really crappy looking wigs, which make them look ridiculous and ugly.

Better off sticking with the scarf, in my opinion.

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One thought on “Q&A: Why do some ultra orthodox married jewish women use wigs to cover their hair?

  1. Trish JPA and Jewish Pastafarian

    You are correct, and your point is one that is argued within Judaism. That is one reason that some Orthodox women do not use a wig (also known as a “sheitl”), but prefer to cover their hair with a scarf, snood, or similar headwear. As with most things in Judaism, although the opinion of her husband and/or her rabbi would also count quite heavily, the decision ultimately rests with the individual woman. Of course, there is also peer pressure in a given community, but it is ultimately the woman’s choice.

    Reply

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