The Sheital and her Teichal-rehashed

A woman commented on a blogpost of mine from October 2006. I thought I would post her comment as it’s a lot of content and a lot of opinion and well, discussions are always entertaining!
Keep in mind the opinions of those who post comments are not the opinions of myself.
Although I have changed the word “Goyim” to “Non-Jews”, because Goyim sounds like some sort of insect egg to me and I don’t agree with the sound of the word.

Hair Coverings – It is time to UnCover
I am writing to raise a simple and very important question: Where is the codified Halacha that a married woman must cover all her hair, all the time, whenever she steps out of her house, whether it is summer or winter?
There is no codified Halacha that a married woman must cover her hair totally and constantly whenever she steps out of her house.
The halachah has been totally misinterpreted, and in fact, relates ONLY to a married woman covering her hair when she lights the candles to welcome in Shabbat and Yom Tov – lechavod Shabbat ve Yom Tov.
Therefore, for religious men/women to impose hair coverings on other women, whenever they step out of their houses is against the Torah. This misinterpretation of the Torah is completely ASSUR, and a twisting of the Torah.
In ancient times, a woman would only cover her hair upon entering the Beit Hamikdash. Similarly for the Sotah – otherwise she would not cover her hair ordinarily, day to day.
If a Rebbetzin is reading this, I bet you don’t like covering your hair, especially not in the hot sunshine.
I could quote exactly the same arguments back to the Rabbis and Rebbetzins, and all those who blindly follow them like sheep, as to why men should cover their hair – FULLY, upon marriage – a man would look completely ‘modest’ keeping himself ‘pure’ from the looks of other single women. His wife would no longer be worried about other single women, and could breathe a sigh of relief, as her husband would be completely covered up!
It is very important for people to know and realise that when a married woman covers her hair with ‘real hair’ the woman is covering herself with 100%Tumah. This is against the Torah.
She can never fully be sure that this ‘hair’ has not come from meitim – despite any guarantee by the seller.
This ‘real hair’ is doubly and in some circumstances, triply Tumah. Firstly, it will contain the leftover dead hair cells from another person – however much it has been treated, the tumah is still there.
Secondly, this other person (likely to be a non-Jew who most likely was involved in some kind of Avodah Zarah) may have eaten bacon, ham, lobster etc, all of which are totally forbidden as unclean and non-kosher foods in Halacha.
Thirdly, if the woman happens to be the wife of a Cohen, then she is bringing her husband into close contact and proximity with meitim and Tumah Every day, and throughout their married life – clearly strictly against the Torah.
Don’t the Rabbis and Rebbetzins feel ill at the realisation of what they are making other Jewish women endure? Men have degraded women in order to suit their own sexual desires and needs. Some men actually prefer to see their wives in wigs because they look more sexually attractive to them than their real hair.
There is nothing more degrading and demeaning to a woman than to make her cover her hair upon marriage. Frankly it is an abhorrent practice. By quoting feeble arguments like ‘Tzniut’ – ‘Modesty’ not backed up by clear Halacha, the Rabbis and Rebbetzins are making a complete mockery of the Torah, and all the good values that they stand for.
It is extremely unhealthy and unhygienic for a woman to cover her hair constantly. The hair needs oxygen to breathe.
In addition, hair covering is a form of oppression to women by men, and doing so, can undoubtedly cause a certain type of depression in women, once their hair is covered so permanently for life.
A woman’s hair will lose its natural beauty and shine, she may have scalp problems, some of her hair may fall out, she may get headaches, and she may end up cutting it short like a man, when she always wore it long, in order not to have too much discomfort from her hair covering.
Do you think that HaKadosh Baruch Hu commanded this of women? I can assure you that He did not.
The commmandments are not meant to cause so much repression and oppression in women.
The non-Jews also look at us in disgust when they know that Jewish women cover their hair and wear wigs. They think that we are going against all the light and the beautiful principles that we, Am Yisrael, brought into the world.
And therefore, for a woman to start doing this nonsensical act of covering her hair, all the time, in all seasons and temperatures, is against the Torah, and is also a form of Chillul Hashem. Exactly the opposite of all the arguments put forward for this unnecessary sacrifice. For a married woman to cover her hair is a Chillul Hashem, and is in no way, a Kiddush Hashem.
It is also against all common sense, apart from anything else, otherwise why would Hashem have created women with hair on their heads in the first place?
Please think about all that I have said above. As there is no halachah for a married woman to constantly cover her hair once she steps out of her house, the women reading this should have the intelligence and moral strength of character to join together and remove their hair coverings.
It is totally wrong for any married woman to be covering her hair constantly, ( e.g especially in the hot summer), when she steps out of her house. This is a misrepresentation and twisting of the Torah.
For a woman to cover her hair with real hair is to cover herself with complete Tumah, and also against the Torah. If she happens to be the wife of a Cohen, then she is bringing her husband into close contact and proximity with meitim and Tumah every day – clearly strictly against the Torah.
I would be grateful to hear from other readers .
Yours Sincerely,
Deborah Shaya,
London, England.
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Germapino with a Jewish Twist. Twist. Collective Thoughts of a Ginrod are the musings of a Texas born,half German, half Filipina girl who who went on a trip to Bangkok and found herself in the Holy Land , as a jew, married to an Englishman, with 3 kids and a pup named Henck.


  • Anonymous

    Regarding Hair Covering.

    Do you agree with this? Is this what you have learnt and is this what teaching you want to pass on to others?

    I only say this because if you would like, i can provide you with many many sources regarding the 2 reasons why married women must cover their hair. Let me know

  • Ginrod Isus

    My opinion regarding this subject was posted on my previous post, which I linked to. This is not what I was taught, but I thought I would post this woman’s comment to start a bit of a discussion on the subject!

  • elie

    I was taught many things regarding hair covering… And I’ve come to my own decisions since I too find there is no actual halacha, but rather tradition. I agree that there are a lot of destructive elements in hair covering, and I can simultaneously offer respect to those who choose to do so because what’s most important here is that we live in a state of coexistence. שנאת חינם destroyed the beit hamikdash more than anything else.

  • zviah

    i am getting married in the summer and am currently trying to decide what to do about covering my hair. the idea of a sheital seems utterly reiduculous, if the point is to a)cover up the erva of a womens attractive hair and b)to assert her status as a married women- a sheital does neither of these tow things, expecially is it is a really good one! having siad that, the idea of never having ‘hair’ is quite a strange thought, and i’m just not sure i can comit to that for ever. there are sources for this halacha althoug there is a lot of debate surrounding them so it’s definitly not as clear cut as one might hope. Also, in terms of it being ;just a traidition’-dont’ discount this aspect of the mitzvah becasue afterall, is it not tradition and custom that has kept the jeiwsh ppl going as much as strict torah observance? theres no halacha to have cheescake on shavut or to decorate the succah but we all do these things because it’s in the spirit of what we as the jewish people are trying to achieve. also in the modern world that we live in where sexual morality is practically non existant, it is not so absurd to conclude that we need to assert our position on tzniut-and there is no question that hair is a very attractive asset-thats why women don’t want to let go of it!