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I'm aware that per 'Iqar HaDin (baseline Halakhah), Qitzur Shulhhan 'Arukh - Yalqut Yosef writes that a woman may reveal two finger-breadths of her hair (where her hair connects to her head) while covering her hair.

Nevertheless, I see many women in Israel partially uncovering their hair in the fashion below. Is there an authentic tradition/source for such a covering?

a woman with a hat on her head, with hair coming out the bottom of the hat both down the back of her head and her neck and a little at her temple

another woman with a hat on her head, with hair coming out the bottom of the hat both down the back of her head and her neck and a little at her temple

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Assuming these aren't falls (i.e. half wigs), they would match up with the way the שלטי גיבורים, a commentary on the Ran, explains hair-covering in Shabbat 64b as I wrote here.

דשער באשה ערוה דאמרינן לא הוי אלא בשער הדבוק לבשרה ממש ונראה גם בשרה עם השיער אבל שיער המכסה שערה אין כאן משום שער באשה ערוה וגם לא משום פריעת ראש

And again in his conclusion:

ובדברי הרא״ש תמצא דאין איסור בשער אשה משום ערוה אלא במחובר לבשרה וגם שהבשר נראה עם השיער כדאוקימנא

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You mean that the head is covered, but the hair hanging down beneath it is visible.

There is some room for discussion about this. The biblical source for hair-covering is the Sotah, and it says "the Kohen shall uncover the woman's head" (not "her hair.")

Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin thus writes in Tradition 37:3:

Nevertheless, R. Feinstein could permit more than a tefah outside the hairline simply by following his own line of reasoning. Since the Torah specifies uncovering the sota’s head and not her hair, the kohen needed to uncover only the hair on the woman’s head, and not what hung down on her neck and shoulders. Consequently, no Torah obligation can be derived for a married woman to cover hair outside her hair- line.

See Rabbi Henkin's article for much more on the subject.

I'm not saying it's permissible, but there is certainly room for discussion about it.

  • Room for discussion makes for a fine comment.doesn't seem like avery good answer though. Consider quoting any conclusions from the responsum. – mevaqesh Mar 14 '17 at 15:22

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