Assuming that married women need to cover their hair today (I'm not going into that discussion), which communities accept that a sheitel is considered a covering?
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Are there communities that will wear synthetic but not human-hair?
You'll hear plenty of rabbis saying "a sheitel is no good if it looks too attracting", but that's subjective. I'm looking for yes or no, does a wig count as covering.
You'll also hear of rabbis who paskened they don't count, but often the community practice is otherwise.
- American and Israeli yeshivish communities -- sheitels are the norm.
- Yekkes, old-school or yeshivish -- sheitels are fine.
- Chabad-Lubavitch -- I'd seen the quote from the Rebbe zt'l that sheitels are a good option ("kerchiefs can suddenly disappear into a pocket if you feel embarrassed"); is this both synthetic and human?
- Israeli Dati-Leumi and Charedi Dati-Leumi -- sheitels aren't the norm; is that a halachic thing or a practical/sociological one?
- American MO machmir -- accepted, if not loved.
- Hassidic, non-chabad (חג״ת) -- was it the Belzer Rebbe who said sheitels don't count? Is that still Belz custom? Do other Hassidic communities all accept sheitels?
- Satmar -- encouraged.
I know R' Ovadiah Yosef shlit'a says sheitels don't count; which non-Ashkenazic communities follow his psak?
- Persians? (And Bukharians as well I assume?)
- North Africans?
All Ashkenazim outside of Chassidim.There is also a Chassidic custom that a Hat and a wig are required.