why do orthodox jewish ladies wear wigs

Orthodox Jewish women have a unique dress code. If you enter any area of, the appearance and dress code of the women might strike you. You might wonder
why do and no pants? Why do orthodox Jewish women cover their hair with a wig, hat or kerchief (called a "tichel" by orthodox Jews). By orthodox Jews, women dress modest as required by Jewish law. All Orthodox will be in common with the fact that it covers the body from the neckline till the knee. While there are huge differences in dress code from modern-orthodox Jewish women to ultra-orthodox Jewish women, they both won't expose their body parts besides their face and hands. Modern-orthodox Jewish women might also expose the bottom part of their legs sometimes. Why do orthodox Jewish women wear skirts? There is a biblical commandment to promote segregation, which prohibits men from wearing any female garments and forbids women from wearing any clothing designated and designed for men.


In biblical times women didn't wear pants (Deuteronomy 22:5). Therefore pants are considered clothing designed for men, and women are not to wear it. There is another reason why women don't wear pants. According to Jewish law it is immodest for a woman that her legs be seen. Why do orthodox Jewish women cover their hair? After marriage, Jewish ladies are required to cover their hair. It is a biblical law, that considers the hair a beauty of a woman and therefore it shall not be shown in public after marriage. There are many ways of covering the hair. Some extreme ultra-orthodox Jewish women shave heads and wear only a. Most Yeshivish and Hasidic Jewish women wear wigs.


Modern orthodox women might wear only a hat or other covering that covers only part of their hair. Jewish women have their own unique role and rules in an orthodox Jewish family. Small girls are taught and trained to modesty. The rules of Jewish women include modesty, family purity (the laws of Niddah), hair covering and much more. Women and girls are viewed as the backbone of the Jewish home. They cook and bake, and raise their kids with great love. In orthodox Jewish families, women traditionally like to cook their own kosher food at home. So whenever you visit a Jewish home ask her for her last home made Challah or Gefilte fish! Have a question, on Orthodox Jewish Matters? Need an answer? Please, Chava will answer your questions with insight and wit.


Return to Question I heard an anthropologist talking about shaitels (wigs). He said how ironic it is that observant Jewish women wear wigs. In biblical Judaism, the rule was that married women should cover their hair in order to be modest and unattractive. In more recent times, women wear wigs, which are sometimes more attractive than natural hair. So wearing a wig actually defeats the whole purpose of covering the hair! He was giving this as an example of how cultures forget the reasons behind their ancient traditions, and customs can evolve in a way that contradicts their original intent. Do you have any comments? Answer: That anthropologist has not only mistaken a wig for real hair, but has also confused true modesty for his own version. He equates modesty with unattractiveness, but that is his definition, not Judaism's.


From the Jewish perspective, modesty has nothing to do with being unattractive. Rather, modesty is a means to create privacy. And that is what a wig achieves. The hair-covering was never intended to make a married woman look ugly. Beauty is a divine gift, and Jewish tradition encourages both men and women to care for their appearance and always look presentable. Jewish tradition also encourages modesty; not in order to detract from our beauty, but rather to channel our beauty and attractiveness so it be saved for where it belongs -- within marriage. By covering her hair, the married woman makes a statement: "I am not available. You can see me but I am not open to the public. Even my hair, the most obvious and visible part of me, is not for your eyes. " The hair-covering has a profound effect on the wearer.


It creates a psychological barrier, a cognitive distance between her and strangers. Her beauty becomes visible but inconspicuous; she is attractive but unavailable. The wig achieves the desired effect exactly, because a wig allows a woman to cover all her hair, while maintaining her attractive appearance. She can be proud of the way she looks without compromising her privacy. And even if her wig looks so real as to be mistaken for natural hair, she knows that no one is looking at the real her. She has created a private space, and only she decides who to let into that space. Perhaps in other religions modesty and beauty don't mix. This is not the Jewish view. True beauty, inner beauty, needs modesty to protect it and allow it to thrive.