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Where in the Tanakh is the subject of head-covering or hair-covering for females taught or hinted?

The Talmud in Ketubot 72a cites Numbers 5:18 as a Scriptural source/derivation: ראשה פרוע דאורייתא היא דכתיב ופרע את ראש האשה ותנא דבי רבי ישמעאל אזהרה לבנות ישראל שלא יצאו בפרוע ראש [Is not the ...
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Why don't brides (always) cover their hair for their weddings?

The answer is that the Mishna (Ketubbot 2:1) says that a Betula goes to the Chuppah with her hair uncovered. So what is there to talk about? Well, there's a responsum (#9) of Mahari HaLevi (the Taz's ...
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Why is wearing a sheitel not marit ayin?

Per this analysis: R. Moshe Feinstein responds to the maris ayin argument in multiple ways: 1. A woman covering her hair is an obligation, not a prohibition (it is an issur aseh) 2. Someone, ...
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Whose head covering takes precedence: mine or my wife's?

The answer to this question can have various outcomes all depending on what you hold regarding kippa and what you hold regarding a woman's head covering. There are shittos which hold that wearing a ...
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Aren't wigs counterproductive?

Other answers have done well to reference the letter and the spirit of the law. A wig, even a beautiful one, covers both bases. The gemara in Kesubos 72a-b lays out the obligation of a married ...
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Doesn't the wide use of Sheitels among Orthodox Jewish women prove that hair no longer retains the erotic status that it once had?

Firstly: What makes you think that Sheitels are a recent development? See the Gemara in Sanhedrin 112a: בעי רב יוסף שיער נשים צדקניות מהו אמר רבא הא דרשעיות אסור (דברים יג) תקבץ ושרפת כתיב מי ...
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Is one permitted to wear a sheitel made from the hair of a human corpse?

It is forbidden to derive benefit from a corpse, including its hair, even if the deceased commanded before dying that certain parts be given away for use. (Shulchan Aruch YD 349:2)
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Does a Jewish woman married to a non-Jew need to cover her hair?

The Mishna Berura concludes that even an unmarried woman who has had relations needs to cover her hair, although we won't force her to do so (M.B. 75:11). ובתולות ארוסות אסורות לילך בגילוי הראש וה"...
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Why isn't covering the place where hair meets the head good enough for a Sheitel?

I understand the שלטי גיבורים slightly differently. He seems to say that the Erva section of the head is where you potentially could see the hair attached to the scalp - referring to the entire hairy ...
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Does a married woman have to cover her hair to make a bracha?

While men cannot say blessings in the presence of a tefach of a woman's exposed body-part-which-is-usually-covered (ShA OC 75:1), Arukh HaShulchan OC 75:4 explicitly rejects an opinion that the same ...
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Re-use of items used in service of another deity upon conversion

The OP asks if it is proper to continue to adhere to a lifestyle of modest custom (women's dress code; specifically: covering the hair) even though she once did so as a duty to a false god. (...
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Is there an authentic source for such a partial hair covering for women?

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 ...
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Doesn't the wide use of Sheitels among Orthodox Jewish women prove that hair no longer retains the erotic status that it once had?

Rabbi Michael Broyde makes this exact point. "Would we allow a woman to wear a shirt that had an image of her bare chest on it? No, because that image is inappropriate in our culture." Furthermore, ...
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Severity of covering the hair for women

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 ...
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Does a married woman have to cover her hair to make a bracha?

Ovadia Yosef holds that women, married and unmarried, ideally cover their heads when they say shem u'malchut, regardless of location or others' presence. In a Yeminite shul, unmarried women will be ...
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Does a transparent hair-covering fulfil the halacha?

You are indeed correct. A transparent covering does fulfill the Torah obligation you reference for a married woman to cover her hair. (Note though that there are other rabbinic issues at play besides ...
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Does a transparent hair-covering fulfil the halacha?

One can ask if a person can be undressed and stand in front of their front window, but that obviously is a breach of tznius. Why should this be any different? In the laws of Shma(75:5) it says that ...
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Minhag for married women to cover their hair in bed

The rebbetzin in my (Chabad) seminary said that people who are makpid on kabbalistic matters do this; others do not. One follows one's kallah teacher's instructions or else the husband's family's ...
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Does a woman have to cover her head if she is bald?

Halachafortodaycom.blogspot.com says that there is two reasons why a married woman covers her hair. Although a bald woman may not have the problem of Erva, she still is required to cover her hair as a ...
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Aren't wigs counterproductive?

A lot of people would agree with you and say that a wig is less modest since it makes a lot of women look prettier. But to understand the other side, one of the ideas behind wearing a wig is that it ...
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Is there an authentic source for such a partial hair covering for women?

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. And again in his ...
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Does a married woman going through the conversion process need to cover her hair?

She should cover her hair the same way she keeps kosher -- she's not obligated as of right now, but she needs to get used to the lifestyle to make sure she's prepared for it. (It will also give her ...
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How long of a sheitel is too long?

From a strict halachic perspective, if "foreign hair" counts as a covering, then it would work even if it's very long. (A more interesting question -- could it be so long as to be considered a "burden"...
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Practically speaking, how should I cover my hair?

http://www.doubleheaderusa.com/results.asp?catid=98 http://www.headcovers.com/headwear/hats-turbans/ The first website is actually a friend of my wife's so you know, cheep plug. But she really does ...
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Practically speaking, how should I cover my hair?

Black is always elegant. Always. Simple is best. Infinity scarves come in a variety of materials but the easiest ones to use are the stretchy kind. I have a few hundred scarves and they stay in the ...
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Why do divorced or widowed women still need to cover their hair?

While this question already has an accepted answer, I feel there is some information missing from it, hence my post. First of all, the question assumes that hair covering should only apply to a woman ...
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Practically speaking, how should I cover my hair?

The easiest option would be a solid snood, but you can also see some easy ways to tie a tichel (scarf) here. You can buy a scarf anywhere, but make sure you get one appropriate for the weather (e.g.: ...
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Do women need to cover their hair if they have had children without being married?

It seems from the Tiztz Eliezer that one would not be required(However,see the Shevus Yaakov). שו"ת ציץ אליעזר חלק טו סימן נה ד"ה הנה הא הנה הא גם בספרי שם הא כתוב דמההיא דשמואל אין ראיה לדבר כי אם ...
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Do women need to cover their hair if they have had children without being married?

There are two halachic concepts -- hair as erva, and a married woman's obligation to cover. If hair is erva, why is uncovering okay before a woman gets married? Numerous poskim (Ben Ish Chai, Aruch ...
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Why is wearing a sheitel not marit ayin?

As demonstrated in this answer, when a permissible alternative is common (in this case, a wig) many rabbis maintain that the issue of marit ayin is not a concern as people will naturally assume the ...
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