I've heard Rabbi Yaron Reuben saying women who do not wear kisui rosh (putting the dispute of wigs as an exception), are like a woman who sinned before her husband. The Rabbi said that the kohen used to first warn about the consequences of drinking the 'Sotah Water' and if she does not acknowledge, the kohen would then pull off the kisui rosh of the woman.

Can I please have a source for this? And also, what is the severity of leaving the hair of a married jewish women without a covering?

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    Why don't you ask that rabbi in person? Remember, a lot of lectures are mostly educational, and not informative. Their sole purpose is to make people change their behavior, and not give them relevant information on the subject.
    – Al Berko
    Jan 27, 2019 at 8:30
  • I understand. I was expecting at least for the Severity part
    – Rh Haokip
    Jan 27, 2019 at 8:32
  • AFAIK, Kisuy Rosh is traditional and falls under Daas Yehudis. There's no explicit Mitzvah in that. See Mishnah Ksubos 7,6 וְאֵיזוֹהִי דַת יְהוּדִית, יוֹצְאָה וְרֹאשָׁהּ פָּרוּעַ, וְטוֹוָה בַשּׁוּק, וּמְדַבֶּרֶת עִם כָּל אָדָם. Such a woman can only lose her Kesubah, but nothing more severe.
    – Al Berko
    Jan 27, 2019 at 8:36
  • Do we have any Kabbalistic view on it?
    – Rh Haokip
    Jan 27, 2019 at 8:46
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    Regarding a source for removing kisui rosh from a sotah: it is an explicit verse.
    – Joel K
    Jan 27, 2019 at 9:14

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Bamidbar chapter 5 verse 18 states that the Kohen would pull off the woman's kisui rosh. Rashi there explains that from here we learn that a woman should have her hair covered. This is consistent with the Talmud's ruling (based on a Tannaic opinion) in Kesubos 72a that a married woman who does not cover her hair is transgressing a biblical commandment. I will also note that according to general opinion this is specifically referring to a married woman and only outside of her home (see Tosafot there).


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