Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The "Sheitel" again


I have just received plenty of comments from a woman saying that women should use their intellect. Did all the biblical women put on wigs (Sheitels) in order to cover their hair ?

I agree that we women should use our G - d given intellect and that Sarah, Rivka, etc. did not wear any wigs. Once a woman told me that when you look at the Gemara (rabbinic discussions) you have to consider the times when different issues (Halachot) were discussed. Many things would today apply in a rather different way because times do change.
However, when you look at the Torah you will find out that G - d did give the Torah to the Jews in this material, lower, physical world and we have to deal with the laws. Of course, we could take everything mentioned in the Torah literally but this would only be a very simple of understanding. Every topic and Halacha has a special and even hidden meaning.

The whole hair covering is basically coming from Rivka covering her hair before she met Yitzchak. In our times, different Rabbis from various directions in Jewish Orthodoxy made up their own traditions and customs. This doesn't has to be such a bad thing and each of us can choose what way to follow. There are Rabbis and Haredim who prefer a wig.
Fine with me. I would not wear a wig but whoever wants to do so is free to do it.
Others hate the guts out of the Sheitel and I also accept this opinion. In the end, every woman has to know herself what she wants.

Outside society thinks that these poor haredi women are being discriminated by the men's world when wearing a wig. The Sheitel as a female punishment or even a plague.
What about Chassidut Breslov ? They do not wear wigs and are still happy and modest.

G - d gave us the Torah and we humans have to listen to our Rabbis how they interpret the Torah and its Halachot. I do not always have to agree but a certain structure should be kept.
You do not like a wig, so, do not wear one. Those women who want to cover their hair this way are welcomed to do so.


  1. The rabbis have not interpreted the Halachah correctly.

    When the structure has deviated so much from the true interpretation of the Halacha - so that suffering is caused: then - you have to use your intelligence.

    When the Halachah refers to "Covering hair," it does not mean "Cover your hair with hair!" and "constantly for life." The Halachah is that:

    A married woman is required to cover her hair when:

    (1) she lights the candles to welcome in Shabbat and Yom Tov – lechavod Shabbat ve Yom Tov, and

    (2) when she goes to the Synagogue, because that is the place of Kedusha.

    The Halacha does not require anything more from married women. This is the true interpretation of the Halacha.

    With kind regards.

  2. B"H

    The Halacha says very clearly that a married / divorced woman has to cover her hair. I wrote a whole article on this subject a few months ago:

  3. The next things the b- - - - y
    "rabbis" will come up with is to tell the woman to wear a CARPET on her head. Not a sheitel AND a hat, but a Carpet. Or you could go for 3shaitels on your heads and a rug.

    And do you know what the Jewish woman will say to her husband?
    "Yes, husband! I am now wearing a carpet on my head!"

    You women must either be extremely thick, or petrified.

  4. B"H

    Don't misjudge women ! You may be surprised how brave some of them are.:-)

  5. i guess my blog wasn't the only blog to get wigged by these two.