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Why do Hasidic women wear wigs?

The Jewish written law is otherwise called the Torah. This book comprises the five first books belonging to the Hebrew Bible. This book is commonly known by the non-Jews as the Old Testament. According to a passage that is mentioned in the Torah, married Jewish women must cover their heads. At the time of the Torah, married women had to do this. Some people have an opinion that this practice is related to the laws of modesty in dressing. But this law mentioned in the Torah is meant only for married women while dressing modestly is required of all women. This practice is not considered to have any relationship with humility. Covering the hair is a tradition from this law as per the religious hierarchy.

The various religious communities consider the covering of the hair in each of their communities in different manners like wearing scarves, hats, and wigs. The Hasidic group of women prefer to wear wigs as they feel that the real hair will not appear or slip away from the wig. Some people also go further shaving their heads under the wigs. The Jewish women wear the wigs as they appear more beautiful than their real hair. Wearing wigs is generally accepted as it is not a commandment, and  Jewish women prefer to practice it. So it is not a problem for those women who have chosen to follow this tradition.

The women prefer to cover their heads by the wigs as the wigs can comfortably cover their heads for a long time if the hair is cut a little bit underneath. The women then need to wear the wigs to cover their hair. But it is also followed for modesty purposes, and some women prefer to wear a snood. This is a type of hat that can give space for some hair to exist underneath. The hair for women is a symbol for sex; therefore, covering the hair to remain modest is the major reason for Hasidic women to wear wigs. The modesty is also followed by Hasidic men as they do not go out without wearing a shirt, and the Hasidic women do not wear shorts.

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