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This is a matter of disagreement among the poskim. Those who say this is an acceptable type of hair covering include Shiltei Giborim (Shabbos 29a in dapei haRif) and P'ri M'gadim (Eshel Avraham OC 75:5). Those who say it is unacceptable, and differentiate between a regular wig and a wig made out of a woman's own hair, include Ateres Z'keinim (OC 75:3), Be'...


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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 prohibition against going out with] an uncovered head Pentateuchal; for it is written, And he shall uncover the woman's head, and this, it was taught at the ...


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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 brother) where he rules that even an Arusa needs to cover her hair. This position seems difficult in light of the above Mishna (and indeed see Yechavveh Daat 5:...


10

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, even if not everyone, can almost always tell when a woman is wearing a wig 3. People in our community know that women often cover their hair with wigs His ...


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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 kippa saves your from the issur min HaTorah of bechukasaim lo teilachu (Taz opinion in Orach Chaim 8:3). Then there are those who hold you can even learn without ...


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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 שאינו מחוסר אלא קביצה ושריפה יצא זה שמחוסר תלישה וקביצה ושריפה אלא אמר רבא בפיאה נכרית היכי דמי אי דמחובר בגופה כגופה דמיא לא צריכא דתלי בסיבטא כנכסי צדיקים שבתוכה ...


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This was a very hot topic several years ago when some it became known that many wigs from India have hair that comes from idol worship. For a comprehensive treatment of the subject see Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff's article "Can a Sheitel be Prohibited Because of Avodah Zarah?".


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The remark of the Shulchan Aruch in Even HaEzer (21:2) is based on the Rambam (Hil. Issurei Bi'ah 21:17) and seems to be ultimately derived from the gemara in K'suvos (bottom of 72a). However, in light of the statement of the Shulchan Aruch elsewhere (OC 75:2, based on the mishna in K'suvos, 2:1) that it is customary for maidens to appear in public with ...


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Satmar frowns upon wearing a wig only. Besides for that, each woman (family, husband...) decides. In fact Satmar is one of the least uniformly dressed chassidic groups, both among men, and among women. The most common mode is a wig with something on top, like a band, a hat, or a scarf. However, some will wear a shpitzel (cloth or foam in the general shape of ...


7

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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Many ladies when they go to the Mikva have their hair uncovered when they make a Bracha. See also Mishna Mesechtas Chala האשה יושבת וקוצה חלתה ערומה - from the Biur it clearly seems like she takes Challa and makes a Bracha in that state. However Yabia Omer 6:15 says that a lady should have her hair covered even if in Chadrei Chadarim when saying Hashem's ...


6

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 applies to women. Rather, women can say blessings in front of an exposed body-part-which-is-usually-covered of another woman. (Even the rejected opinion agreed ...


6

It depends on who you ask, and how they interpret the sources. The Mishna on Ketubot 72a list it as Das Yehudit (which the gemara contrasts with DeOraysa): מתני' ואלו יוצאות שלא בכתובה העוברת על דת משה ויהודית ואיזו היא דת משה מאכילתו שאינו מעושר ומשמשתו נדה ולא קוצה לה חלה ונודרת ואינה מקיימת ואיזוהי דת יהודית יוצאה וראשה פרוע וטווה בשוק ומדברת עם כל אדם ...


6

The gemara in Ketubot derives the requirement from the laws of the Sotah in bamidbar 5:18. As the woman is required to UNcover her hair, there must have been covering on it. The discussion is much more complex, but you can read about it here.


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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"ה בתולות שנבעלו צריכין לכסות הראש ומ"מ אם זינתה ואינה רוצה לצאת בצעיף על ראשה כדרך הנשים אין יכולין לכופה


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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 part of the scalp. It would seem that he would allow one's bangs and pony-tails to stick out from a Sheitel/Tichel. Here are the 2 sections you mention: ...


5

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, if a woman would travel to some country where all the women keep their hair covered and wear a ritzy-deluxe sheitel there, she would turn a lot of heads. ...


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Mishna Berura (סימן עה, ס' ג, ס'ק טו): וכתב הפמ"ג דבמדינות שיוצאין הנשים בפיאה נכרית מגולה יש להם לסמוך על השו"ע ומשמע מיניה שם דאפילו שער של עצמה שנחתך ואח"כ חברה לראשה ג"כ יש להקל ובספר מגן גבורים החמיר בזה עי"ש.‏ The Peri Megadim writes that in those countries were women wear wigs, they can rely on the Shulchan Aruch. One can infer from ...


5

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 ...


5

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 Israelite woman covering her hair as two-fold: Biblical (deoraysa), and as a matter of Jewish practice (das yehudis). This is a harmonization of two Tannatic sources, ...


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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. (revivalist Hellenic Paganism) The OP then asks about being allowed to keep/use scarves which were once used to cover her hair, in these practices of modesty, in service ...


4

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 asked to cover their heads and I have seen unmarried Yeminite women cover their heads to light and bless Chanukah candles. For those who are interested in the ...


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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 the biblical requirement you mention, so leaving any hair visible may still not be acceptable in the final halachic analysis.) Rabbi Mordechai Willig makes ...


4

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 Ervah ba'Ashashis (unclothedness in glass) is also untznius and someone else can't say Shma facing them so your case where she is wearing a transparent hair ...


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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 minhag. She did not make it sound at all like a necessary part of minhag Chabad. I don't know about the minhag by other chareidim. She was somewhat more clear that ...


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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. And again in his conclusion:


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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 sign that she is married. Q: If a married woman is bald, does she still have to wear a headcovering, or is she permitted to reveal her scalp? A: Besides ...


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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 have a lot of items. The second one is from a quick 'head covering option' search. (Apparantly Jewish women and cancer patients shop for the same items.) There ...


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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 drawer most of the time. The only ones I actually wear all the time are believe it or not, from the dollar store. I have a plain black cotton infinity scarf ...


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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 time to get used to the very different habit/sensation, for when she is obligated.) (As to exactly what sort of hair covering is required -- or if there are ...


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