Why do Jewish women wear Wigs?


Why do Jewish women wear Wigs?

Jewish women do cover their heads with either wig or cloth. The Jewish law says that married woman should cover their hair. To hide their own hair ,some women wear a wig or Sheitel, but most prefer to wear a wig although it will not give beauty to the woman as the natural hair would give. The hair is even kept in the form of a wig and should be covered and not be exposed as per the law. It is a Jewish myth that Jewish women should not expose their hair to any other person other than their husbands because it is considered as a mark of beauty. The orthodox married women believe that it is an offence to show their beauty and tempt others towards them by showing their hair. They think that by showing their hair, they are triggering sexual sensation to other men which is not correct as per their law.

Married Jewish women according to Jewish law have to cover their hair as a token of identification for her as well as the society that she is married. Women who cover their hair may do it in many ways like with a handkerchief, a hat or a wig. This practice of covering the hair is also noticed to be a part of a modern and descent dressing procedure called tzeniut. An unmarried woman is allowed to go out without wearing wigs or hair uncovered unlike in Arab countries where all women need to cover the hair from start of puberty. The Jewish women are not expected to wear the wig when they are at home with their husband and family members.

Jewish people believe that hair is something to be kept secret and only revealed to the husband. The married woman is expected to save the hair for her husband.

Author: Hari M

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9 Responses

  1. Naima

    August 25, 2011 4:05 am

    Thats great! So its ok for jewish women to wear a wig to hide their hair, but when muslim women wear the hijab, ppl hve issues. Talk abt double standards.

    • nadia

      August 17, 2012 5:43 pm

      Naima you are so right double standard and so sad……besides a wig? really? isnt that just suppose to look like hair….the exact same hair your trying to hide lol! its sad when we cover its a problem….smh

      • kelly

        January 6, 2015 1:40 pm

        “double standard and so sad……besides a wig? really? isnt that just suppose to look like hair….the exact same hair your trying to hide lol!”

        This is the only point on this thread that made any sense at all.

  2. Sara

    June 22, 2012 12:29 pm

    I’m a Conservative Jew and lived with Orthodox Jews as part of my youth group. This is another example of women having a lower status, just like Muslim women wearing hijabs. It’s left over from bibical times, and is so disrespectful towards women. 🙁 Women should have a choice, and if they want to be modest, they can wear a wig or scarf. The Orthodox women also have to wear long sleeves and skirts. They also sit in the back of the congregation while the men say prayers and read from the Torah. Also, this article makes it sound like all Jewish women do this, but it’s only Orthodox Jews, Conservative, Reconstuctionist, and Reform Jews don’t.

  3. dana

    September 18, 2012 6:03 pm

    it’s hair people. this is just plain stupid. as stupid as any monotheism is. have none of you read “the history of the jews” it says flat out “we made up our god” . made up to manipulate the jews. asinine.

    • emmeline

      November 9, 2012 11:30 pm

      Monotheism is not stupid, but it does take faith. Many things take faith. Evolution takes at least as much faith.

      Polytheism is stupid, however. There will always be contradictions between God & gods. You can’t believe them all.

      • JP

        June 23, 2013 5:26 pm

        Evolution does *not* require faith. To appreciate it’s validity, however, does require basic scientific literacy. Evolution is backed by a staggering amount of scientific evidence, across all naturalistic disciplines (ecology, genetics, anatomy, medicine, and anthropology, to name but a few), and has been debated and refined in the scientific community for over a century and a half. In short, there is more than sufficient evidence that evolution has in fact occurred; whether you believe in it or not is pretty irrelevant at this point.

        In contrast, no form of theism, mono or otherwise, has any real scientific evidence to back it up — just fairy tails and old books written by superstitious people thousands of years ago. All religions must be taken on faith, which is just a nice way of saying that they’re all made up.

        To sum up, the following things are all stupid: monotheism, polytheism, and emmeline’s comment.

  4. Sarah

    November 2, 2014 10:16 pm

    Everyone has a right to practice their beliefs… Being a Muslim I agree with covering your head to be more modest…the explanation given is exactly what we believe in respect to covering your head…. I do not believe it is a sign of women being suppressed… Actually very empowering to be noticed for u not ur beauty…all the more reason for people to understand how simular certain religions are….props to all the Jewish and Muslim women who cover their heads to b a sign of respect and honor and strength

    • Karl

      November 28, 2016 11:28 am

      Sarah, you have been brainwashed. There is nothing modest or respectful about covering your hair. This is a custom designed by men (1300+ years ago) to relegate women as second class citizens and their sexuality as being deviant.

      Wake up, Sarah!
      p.s. Your religion, like all religions is completely corrupt on an intellectual level.


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