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Jerusalem - In his weekly address this Motzei Shabbos, Rav Ovadia Yosef chose to avoid the Palestinian issue completely and discuss an entirely different topic: sheitels, instructing women to cover their hair with a hat or a kerchief during Aseres Yemei Teshuva instead of wearing a sheitel.

The Rav singled out women of Gerrer Chassidus saying, “A women wears a sheitel.  Why?  There are Gerrer Chasidim who are lenient in this issue, as if Gerrer Chassidim are the whole world.  This is not correct.  Poskim have specifically said that wearing a sheitel is forbidden and is a very serious matter.”

The Rav further cited rabbonim, from both the Ashkenazic and Sefardic worlds, that have forbidden sheitels, including the Vilna Gaon and the Chasam Sofer.  “These great Rabbonim, their words don’t matter?  Be warned: married women have an obligation to cover their hair with either a hat or a kerchief.  Aseres Yemei Teshuva are coming, and you will be tested with this.  It is vital that you act appropriately.”

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To further support his words, the Rav told a story of a couple who went to Rav Yisroel Abu Chatzeira, the Baba Sali for a bracha.

The Baba Sali asked the husband, “Why is your wife wearing a sheitel?”

“This is what people do,” responded the husband.

“This is what people do?” retorted the Baba Sali incredulously.

He turned to the woman and said, “Listen to me.  When you get to the next world, they will burn you.  They will start to burn you from your sheitel and then they will burn you completely.”

Rav Ovadia Yosef continued, exhorting his listeners to be stringent during the upcoming Aseres Yemei Teshuva not only exchanging their sheitels for a hat or a kerchief but in other matters as well.

“A man buys meat.  Does he know what kind of meat he is buying?  As long as it says kosher,  he thinks it is good enough.  He doesn’t make sure the meat is Basar Chalak, that it is meat that has Beis Yosef shechita.  During the rest of the year, he can be forgiven for this, but during Aseres Yemei Teshuva, how can a person be so lenient?  Yes, a person can do teshuva, but that is akin to someone who goes to purify himself in the mikvah while holding an impure insect in his hand.  At least during these nine days of the year, a person should be careful to preserve this mitzvos to their fullest.”


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 Sep 05, 2010 at 12:14 AM lovejerusalem Says:

I don't believe that baba sali said that, and for the record the lubavitcher rebbe encouraged people to wear a shaitel, as it does not fall back like a kerchief, maybe it is sfardi minhag not to wear a shaitel, Elul is the time to focus on the good of yidden, not c'v the opposite

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 12:18 AM Anonymous Says:

Does he only take his foot out of his mouth to put the other one in?? When he says to a woman: "When you get to the next world, they will burn you. They will start to burn you from your sheitel and then they will burn you completely" he insults not only the heilege Gerrer Rebbe,Z'l, but all of the Gerrer chassidus and many other chassidus whose reabbonim have said a shteitel is mutar. Time for Rav Yosef to quietly retire and live out his remaining years in peace and QUIET.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 12:26 AM Anonymous Says:

Someone is trying to embarrass the rav. Chocnhom Ovadia would never have made such stupid comments. Perhaps one of his gabboim misquoted him but this is not funny and is a big chillul hashem since his comments contracdict the psak of most other gadolim and his lashon horah about the Gerrer is disgusting.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 12:40 AM benvin Says:

Could be that his words are referring to something entirely different which we don't understand.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 12:51 AM Greener Says:

To No. 3:
Nobody is misquoting Ovadia Yosef. These motzoei shabat talks are publicly broadcasted. 250 years ago there were no sheitels. Sheitels is a "chidush". So for No. 1 to say it is a "sfardi minhag" not to wear sheitels is silly. For most of our history there were no sheitels to wear. Sheitels are a corruption. How about men wearing a toupee instead of a yarmulka?

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 12:46 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Does he only take his foot out of his mouth to put the other one in?? When he says to a woman: "When you get to the next world, they will burn you. They will start to burn you from your sheitel and then they will burn you completely" he insults not only the heilege Gerrer Rebbe,Z'l, but all of the Gerrer chassidus and many other chassidus whose reabbonim have said a shteitel is mutar. Time for Rav Yosef to quietly retire and live out his remaining years in peace and QUIET.

He was quoting the Baba Sali and he's right. You think women 200 years ago in Poland were wearing wigs?

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 01:00 AM Anonymous Says:

Each to his own. The Rebbe told Lubavitch women & anyone who asked to wear a sheitel & that's what I do. If other Frum Yidden hold by other Gedolim/Rebbeim/Poskim that's their business.

But to say we'll burn? I'm shocked! Since the school debacle, things have gone from bad to worse with Rabbi Yosef's exhortations. If his followers do this, good luck to them; they SHOULD listen. Meanwhile, I have to comb my sheitel out so it's nice for Yom Tov.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 01:11 AM Henoch Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Someone is trying to embarrass the rav. Chocnhom Ovadia would never have made such stupid comments. Perhaps one of his gabboim misquoted him but this is not funny and is a big chillul hashem since his comments contracdict the psak of most other gadolim and his lashon horah about the Gerrer is disgusting.

R' Elyashiv basically said the same thing.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 01:48 AM charliehall Says:

This is not new. Rav Ovadiah has been consistent in his opinion that wigs are asur for decades. We think that a woman is more frum when she wears a wig; that isn't true because when she covers with a hat or scarf she is in accordance with more halachic opinions.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 01:50 AM &Mrs; AmHaAretz Says:

? Is the sheitel made from the hair of a male or a female?
Was "the donor" living or dead?
Is this custom a form of following in the ways of the Egyptians?
What is wrong with covering the hair with a hat or scarf?

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 01:51 AM ccc Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Does he only take his foot out of his mouth to put the other one in?? When he says to a woman: "When you get to the next world, they will burn you. They will start to burn you from your sheitel and then they will burn you completely" he insults not only the heilege Gerrer Rebbe,Z'l, but all of the Gerrer chassidus and many other chassidus whose reabbonim have said a shteitel is mutar. Time for Rav Yosef to quietly retire and live out his remaining years in peace and QUIET.

U don't talk like that on a rabbi!!!!

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 02:07 AM chelm Says:

another pressing issue in the jewish community .

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 02:20 AM ShatzMatz Says:

People outside our faith deride us for our "chelemer" minhag of wearing a shatel. If you believe that women are obligated to cover their hair, then it is plain silly to think that a shaitel fulfills the obligation. Today's shaitels are much nicer than their natural hair. Strangers who don't know better and comes into Boro Park are always bewildered that people in this neighborhood all have great hair. I once heard a muslim imam deriding us yidden for this silly custom. The way he said it made us sound like the biggest fools and the sad thing is that I could not disagree with him.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 02:31 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Greener Says:

To No. 3:
Nobody is misquoting Ovadia Yosef. These motzoei shabat talks are publicly broadcasted. 250 years ago there were no sheitels. Sheitels is a "chidush". So for No. 1 to say it is a "sfardi minhag" not to wear sheitels is silly. For most of our history there were no sheitels to wear. Sheitels are a corruption. How about men wearing a toupee instead of a yarmulka?

Your wrong the gemara talks about shaites of Jewish women. The gemara does not talk about people doing avairos.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 02:36 AM Bukharian Says:

the major problem with todays sheitels is that they look much more prettier than their own hair, which attracts the opposite sex, the more expensive they are the more stylish you find it to be, it defeats the purpose of women and it's tzienut regulations, what is wrong with covering your hair with tihel? i find it is much more sense just like many sefardim women do it.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 02:40 AM Women Be Strong! Says:

There are many Gedolim today who have pasknd that women should wear a shaitel, as opposed to a hat or kerchif. Do as your rav recommends! My wife has never set foot out of our home without a shaitel on her head, and please G-d she never will.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 02:45 AM charliehall Says:

#5,

It isn't really true to say that 250 years ago there were no wigs; the became popular among non-Jews in western Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries. Four of the first five US Presidents wore wigs. Like fedora hats, this is a non-Jewish custom that we adopted.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 04:10 AM X Says:

He was certainly taken out of context. However if he wasn't I don't understand his need for mixing in to what Ashkenazim do. We have our own Rabbanim and Gedolim just as he is the Sephardi Gadol. If Rav Shteinman said this I would be shocked but I would take it seriously.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 04:53 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Does he only take his foot out of his mouth to put the other one in?? When he says to a woman: "When you get to the next world, they will burn you. They will start to burn you from your sheitel and then they will burn you completely" he insults not only the heilege Gerrer Rebbe,Z'l, but all of the Gerrer chassidus and many other chassidus whose reabbonim have said a shteitel is mutar. Time for Rav Yosef to quietly retire and live out his remaining years in peace and QUIET.

You should be careful how you talk! For worrying so much about lashon harah you should worry a lot more about criticizing a gadol. Your considered a apikoris according to chazal.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 05:02 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
lovejerusalem Says:

I don't believe that baba sali said that, and for the record the lubavitcher rebbe encouraged people to wear a shaitel, as it does not fall back like a kerchief, maybe it is sfardi minhag not to wear a shaitel, Elul is the time to focus on the good of yidden, not c'v the opposite

A.The story with the baba sali is a known story!so get your facts straight. B.if you would learn about this psak you would know its not a "sfardi minhag"its halacha for ALL jews. If you choose not to follow this psak and rely on other poskim then the ladies don't have to wear a shatiel nicer than there natural hair. The yetezer harah is strong enough as it is!!

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 05:13 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Does he only take his foot out of his mouth to put the other one in?? When he says to a woman: "When you get to the next world, they will burn you. They will start to burn you from your sheitel and then they will burn you completely" he insults not only the heilege Gerrer Rebbe,Z'l, but all of the Gerrer chassidus and many other chassidus whose reabbonim have said a shteitel is mutar. Time for Rav Yosef to quietly retire and live out his remaining years in peace and QUIET.

Maybe the gerrer rebbe knew that his chasidim wouldn't listen to him because its a difficult halacha to do. So instead he said "mutav sheyiuh shoigogim"... As for you I would be careful with your foot and mouth expression. Rav yosef isn't your friend. Your a bizion to true bnie torah!

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 06:21 AM NeveAliza Says:

I think everyone agrees here that there are different views within the Poskim, different customs in different Jewish communities and an evolution (with a little "e") over the generations. The issue is how the Halcha is transmitted.
There is a famous משל of a Gadol who was well respected, very learned and had a huge following. Eventually, however, every time he opened his mouth something brash, insulting, and embarrassing came out. His followers began to question his judgement. I forgot the נמשל.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 07:01 AM majormasmid Says:

Rav Moshe Feinstein's wife wore a sheitl. That's good enough for me.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 07:06 AM Greener Says:

Hey, #17, Charliehall, you say, "Four of the first five US Presidents wore wigs." If I am not mistaken all the first 5 presidents of the USA were MEN. As were all those weird looking English noblemen and judges who wear those ridiculous things on their heads. The current discussion is about WOMEN. Ovadiah Yosef would not complain about you wearing a wig - he would probably plotz laughing.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 07:41 AM ProudCurrentViznitzer Says:

Before the war, when the Satmar Rebbe was the Rabbi of a city, he would speak about shaitels. In his chassidishe kloiz, he said "it is forbidden to wear a shaitel". Whereas in the main shul he said "women must go with a shaitel". When today's Chabad women wear tichels, quite a few of them leave some hair sticking out. It's quite probable that is why the Rebbe preferred a shaitel because that guarranteed complete covering. It all depends which type of community

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 08:07 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
Bukharian Says:

the major problem with todays sheitels is that they look much more prettier than their own hair, which attracts the opposite sex, the more expensive they are the more stylish you find it to be, it defeats the purpose of women and it's tzienut regulations, what is wrong with covering your hair with tihel? i find it is much more sense just like many sefardim women do it.

The torah did not change because the styles become nicer in today's world where the world is full of pritzus a nice kosher sheitel is the best for Shalom Bais not to look on goite s also "Bal Thsakzi" is a issur to look on these ugly hats and tichels

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 08:11 AM mnmys1987 Says:

R. Ovaidah Yossef seems ignoring that when a community has a Minhag that has been approved by Talmidei Chakhomim, they shouldn't bother that other communities act differently or hold different views. this is Torah. He may disagree with wearing a Sheitel and quote any Godol he wants, the fact is that there is no unanimity in that matter and other Poskim and Talmidei Chokhomim held and hold differently. Did you know that some put on tefilins on Yom Tov with a Brocho while other don't, and some other put on tefilins on Yom Tov but b'li brocho? Each view is supported by different Poskim, therefore it's Torah! Minhag Yisroel Torah!

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 08:13 AM mnmys1987 Says:

Does Rabbi Yossef know that a hat does not cover hair at all?!

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 08:13 AM scmaness Says:

the lubavitchter rebbe did wear toupee when he was in france's university the tests,as they did not allow a head covering,the rebbe studied at home,if a woman would like to feel good and encourage other women to cover her hair then a wig is the best,times have changed,as you can see with our youth

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 08:27 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #21  
Anonymous Says:

Maybe the gerrer rebbe knew that his chasidim wouldn't listen to him because its a difficult halacha to do. So instead he said "mutav sheyiuh shoigogim"... As for you I would be careful with your foot and mouth expression. Rav yosef isn't your friend. Your a bizion to true bnie torah!

Maybe Rav Ovadyah Yosef knows that nobody will listen to him, and according to Seforim its "Kapuras Avoinois" when people make fun of somebody or talk "Loshon Horah" and everybody wants "Zechusim" in these holy days, so everybody take it easy, and we should all have a Git gebentcht Yohr

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 08:49 AM DonielS Says:

1. The Gemara at the end of Sanhedrin talks about the Sheitels of the Tzadikot of an Ir Hanidachat - so (1) sheitels not not new and (2) Tzadikim let their wives wear them.

2. Rav Eliyashiv is quoted forbidding SOME overly girly-looking sheitels. There's a video of him talking about "when Reb Yitzchak Blazer (aka Rav Itzele Peterburger b.1837 d.1907) came to Jerusalem his wife wore a sheitel". So the Gedolim of previous generations did allow it.

3. Keep in mind that if you forbid sheitels then many married women will go around bare-headed. Is that better?

Maran HoRav Ovadia Yosef shlita is talking to HIS audience and that has no bearing on the rest of us.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 08:50 AM Anonymous Says:

seriously, this is all complete and utter nonsense, and i suspect he knows this.

What about more important things like more Honesty in business and money-dealing, paying workers on time, (as one who is in a service business, it is apparent to me that conservative and reform jews pay on time more consistently than orthodox), conquering one's anger, having a more spiritual connection i.e. more kavvana during davening, less loshon hora, being Mevatter ('letting go/more easygoing') more often in disputes, being more generous, etc.

I find it absolutely incredible when I see people I know, farfrummte people, writing out tzedaka checks like it was nothing for $360+....what a beautiful thing. But that beautiful thing is disgusting when the same individual will pay a true debt of $400 six months late. It shows he is only willing to satisfy his own needs - - it makes this individual feel good to give to a poor person so he gives freely. But paying a legitimate debt (whether it be to the Window guy, the Plumber, or his/her Accountant or Lawyer) does not make him feel good, so paying that late is ok. Well it's not OK.

Its R''H people. Wake up.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 08:58 AM anon1m0us Says:

My wife wears a shaitel and if she burns for it, I'll be right next to her roasting marshmellows together.

ps. Does a neshama have a shaitel?

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 09:11 AM Greener Says:

Hey, Scmaness No. 29, you write, "the lubavitchter rebbe did wear toupee when he was in france's university". That is not surprising. He was 100% bald already then - a lot of bald people wear toupees.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 09:26 AM realmaven Says:

Anyone who suggests that a sheitel is a new chidush doesn't know what he or she is talking about. It is a befireshe gemara in Nazir daf 28 umed 2 right before the mishna. In fact this is one of the main sources that the daas hamatirim cite as evidence that it is ok to wear a sheitel. The daas huosrim disagree and say there is ne reiye from that gemureh. Secondly, it make a huge difference whether the women who wears a sheitel shaves her head or not. If one shaves and has no hair anyway a sheitel is mutar for her according to vast majority of rabanim. If one does not shave then she is in a more of a dangerous territory of going with open hair and therfore is required by rov poskim to wear a tichel rather than a sheitel. Las but not least, would be nice to hear something about tznius in general from ovadye yosef and especcialy to his sephardic community. Anyone who is remotely familiar with how they look these days would think that their rabanim are either blind and don't see what they look like, or are just plain rotten and don't care tell them to mend their ways. Let him first talk about issues that are prohibited not by some but by ALL rabanim and by ALL poskim since they day we stood on har sinai.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 09:39 AM leftbrooklyn Says:

For something that is tangentially derived from the Torah and is probably not das Moshe how it has taken on such halachic ramifications is amazing. People shoould get worked up over bigger issues, like stealing, slander and lashon harah..

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 09:43 AM Anonymous Says:

When I was first married, my wife wore sheitlach. When we had to start paying Yeshiva tuition and parnassa was tight, I told my wife that it was more important to pay full tuition and ensure that our kids' Rabbiem and Moirois get paid than continuing to buy sheitlach we can't afford and asking for tuition breaks. I told her that she could rely on the fact that many of the wives of the Litvishe Roshei Yeshiva in Europe did not cover their hair.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 09:55 AM vaibel Says:

Reply to #13  
ShatzMatz Says:

People outside our faith deride us for our "chelemer" minhag of wearing a shatel. If you believe that women are obligated to cover their hair, then it is plain silly to think that a shaitel fulfills the obligation. Today's shaitels are much nicer than their natural hair. Strangers who don't know better and comes into Boro Park are always bewildered that people in this neighborhood all have great hair. I once heard a muslim imam deriding us yidden for this silly custom. The way he said it made us sound like the biggest fools and the sad thing is that I could not disagree with him.

If you want to improve in this matter wear synthetic,it could look nice and you are not wearing human, custom hair. Since I changed to synthetic I feel much better about myself!!!

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 09:56 AM ShatzMatz Says:

to 32
Actually, yes. It probably is better for a woman to go uncovered than to go with a shaitel. First of all, as I stated above, a shaitel is made up to look much better than her hair. it can be longer a more alluring. Secondly, by putting on a shaitel she is doing an avaireh 'bkum veasay'. By going uncovered it is only 'shev veal taaseh'.

No heter can be derived from the fact that the mishna and gemara mention 'peas nuchris'. Obviously, those wigs were worn beneath a veil in public. The gemara has a cheshash that a woman will take it off on the street to show her friend. Which woman would take off her shaitel in public?! It is obvious that in those days it was worn under a veil. It had nothing to do with tznius. It was worn by woman who had lost their hair due to desease or severe lice infestation.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 10:31 AM Anonymous Says:

In my opinion taking sheitels out of the equation will only cause problems between husband and wife. Nowadays were the tava is greater then it's ever been husbands may look elswere if there not attracted to there 25 year old wife who looks like a 75 year old Bubby. It can cause more serious problems then, gasp! A woman actually looking attractive for her husband at all times wich may gasp! Help him refrain from ever thinking about another woman in an innapropriate way. But it's all good as long as the rampant child molesting and money laundering are a non issue, trying to make ones wife look as unattractive as possible and gasp! Concerts will be the issue of all issues.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 11:19 AM basmelech Says:

I believe it is most probably wrong to wear a sheitel, especially today's sheitel which look nothing like the horse hair sheitel of yesteryear. However I think a lot of women who would prefer going sheitelless, only wear sheitels because of peer pressure and if everyone would stop wearing a sheitel they would gladly do so, (like me). I wish more mainstream rabbonim would speak out against sheitel wearing. It is true that wearing a sheitel covers the hair better than a head covering which exposes the hair, but, that does not mean sheitels are better. Women should be more careful about letting their hair show.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 11:51 AM ExpatriateOwl Says:

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's statements do not represent the position of the Israeli government!

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 11:57 AM CommonSense Says:

The reason why we cover hair has nothing to do with beauty.

There's a certain intimacy of ones own natural hair..it's considered an ervah.

The Torah has nothing against women looking beautiful.

According to some of the comments I'm reading here..one might say that since the average middle aged woman looks far better dressed in their fancy gowns then without clothes at all..then aren't they defeating the purpose??

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 12:27 PM michali Says:

Baruch Hashem, I am not a follower of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, but a follower of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, z'tl, and Rav Moshe Feinstein, z'tl on this issue. It is a shame that a leader would choose to cause machlokes among klal yisroel, especially before Rosh Hoshana. It has been said that before Moshiach becomes, there will be many Rabbis that will prevent him from coming, C"V. Today's Jewish leaders or rabbis must encourage achdus to end galus. Issues that will only cause machlokes will only prolong it, c'v.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 12:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #41  
Anonymous Says:

In my opinion taking sheitels out of the equation will only cause problems between husband and wife. Nowadays were the tava is greater then it's ever been husbands may look elswere if there not attracted to there 25 year old wife who looks like a 75 year old Bubby. It can cause more serious problems then, gasp! A woman actually looking attractive for her husband at all times wich may gasp! Help him refrain from ever thinking about another woman in an innapropriate way. But it's all good as long as the rampant child molesting and money laundering are a non issue, trying to make ones wife look as unattractive as possible and gasp! Concerts will be the issue of all issues.

This is the problem, at home ur wife can wear whatever sheitel and clothes wanted... but in the street while doing so she can attract others and that is absolutley prohobited and not tzniusdig

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 12:35 PM leftbrooklyn Says:

Reply to #44  
CommonSense Says:

The reason why we cover hair has nothing to do with beauty.

There's a certain intimacy of ones own natural hair..it's considered an ervah.

The Torah has nothing against women looking beautiful.

According to some of the comments I'm reading here..one might say that since the average middle aged woman looks far better dressed in their fancy gowns then without clothes at all..then aren't they defeating the purpose??

#44, where in the Torah does it state that hair is an ervah??

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 12:40 PM Lonelyking Says:

My 2 cents is simple. All of the posters so far are totally missing the point. It's funny, actually.
To understand better, there is no doubt, there are different poskim. And don't we say this and this is the word of the Living God?!!
Imagine, Chabad - who accidentally talks to a vastly larger amount of people -- would start to say, it's assur to shave, assur to trim, assur chalav akkum, you genius litvisher poster all going to burn in Hell!
What utter nonsense! Chabad, with the Rebbe's instruction intentionally would not say that shaving, trimming, chalav stam is assur. It will not challange anybody in their minhag, as long as it is daas Torah!
A lot of different poskim approved of sheitels. For one, my wife said to separate from the aravim y'shz sefardic women should not be wearing mitpachat, that makes the difference that we are Yidden not so easy to see. A tzniusdik woman in a shaitel is always considered Jewish, since goyim today do not dress tzniusdik in general.
All in all, posters don't think you are poskim, that anyone cares or follows your psek-in-vin-comment!
A gut gebenchte Yohr, please try to stop being right(er) over your fellow Yid!
We need achdus, acceptance less fire of burning and more fire of ahavat yisrael!
Am yisrael chai!

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 12:45 PM yoelishal Says:

I'd like to hear from ovadya yosef how people who make hisgares b'eimas & are saying that all Palestinians should be killed burn in hell, does the devil start from the mouth he spewed the hate or from the brain where he first thought of it.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 12:56 PM Anonymous Says:

"You wiil burn"

And he knows this, how?????

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 01:10 PM josebarshimonnn Says:

I am looking at a pix of the Chofeyz Chaim and his wife ,shes wearing a sheitel--case closed- A Rav who was imployed by the Zionist Government has NO daas Torah for Torah Yidden--Good yomtov

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 02:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #46  
Anonymous Says:

This is the problem, at home ur wife can wear whatever sheitel and clothes wanted... but in the street while doing so she can attract others and that is absolutley prohobited and not tzniusdig

Ye but a man wants his wife to always look beautiful. Even when he's with her in the street. That's the way human beings were made. If a man is walking with his wife in the street who looks like grandma then he'll be more inclined to look at other beautiful looking woman around him instead of his own wife.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 02:15 PM esther rachel Says:

to shatzmatz,because an iman has a certain opinion re sheitels that should bother me!!!! i'm incredulous! the bottom line is each of us has our own rabonim.you do what your rav says and i try to do what my rav says and we can still have derech eretz and ahavas yirorl for each other.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 02:21 PM Anonymous Says:

can't people take into consideration how hard it is for a newly-married woman to cover her hair at all? as a man, I can't. I also can't imagine why all these people don't even try. why? its not "mehudar" enough for them

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 02:24 PM Anonymous Says:

to #38,och un vay !don't brag about your OWN decision that tzneeus is less important then other things.tzneus is foundational to the existence of klal yiroel!!!

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 02:27 PM esther rachel Says:

hey #29 and35,you have no idea what your talking about! it's better to remain quiet then speak and prove your foolihness .

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 02:33 PM Emes- Says:

Could Rav Ovadya perhaps be talking about sheitals that are attracting and not attractive. Many great Rabbis feel feel this could be a difference. Another point, a sheital usually covers all the hair and a hat or scarf possibly shows hair. This opinion was held by mant great Rabbies.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 02:33 PM Anonymous Says:

(Reply to 47) "It says saar beisha erva"

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 02:37 PM shlomozalman Says:

You got to love it when the shoe is on the other foot. All the holier than thou Bais Yaakov girls rant and rave about their heilige tznius, no shells, four inches, blah blah...,and of course the ultimate in tznius, the sexy human hair sheitel, available from your I-demand-a -size-two-for-my-son shvigger. For them, there is no other legitimate opinion.
So now here comes Rav Ovadiah once again (to those who know, this is old stuff for him) and lets them know that as far as he's concerned, they are the ultimate in pritzus.
How does the shoe feel, little tzadeikises?

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 02:58 PM Anonymous Says:

You are not just talking about a Rav giving an opinion here. His words, if truly they are attributable to him, are careless, offensive and reflects extremely poorly on hos character. I am sorry but a persons title or position does not automatically mean that he deserves respect. Have we become non-thinking automatons. Do we not have enough sechel that one a Rav maligns an entire groups of holy yidden including the great Rebbes of gerer and Lubavitch and others, people much greater than he could ever be, that we say we can't question him or show disrespect. He has disrespected himself there really is nothing that we should have to add except that it clear that the standard for Jewish leadership is sickening.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 02:59 PM Anonymous Says:

This is not a mere matter of a Rav giving an opinion. His words are disgusting.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 03:40 PM Anonymous Says:

To all those who say that sheitels look nicer than hair, so what? Is there a prohibiton for women to look nice? I would say, quite the contrary, a woman is supposed to look as beautiful as possible, within the confines of tsnius.
Hair is begeder of erva, even ugly hair is not allowed.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 03:51 PM independent_mind Says:

1. for a woman to cover her hair is first and foremost a CHOK!!! for those of you who are going to laugh and say i dont know, check it out first!
2. the mekor from the torah that a woman needs to cover her hair is in parshas sota. it doesnt even command the hair covering, the chachomim learn from the passuk that she needed to uncover her hair before she drank from what the cohein gadol prepared for her.
3. if we accept that it is a chok and the reason given that its for tznius is only a probable EXPLANATION and not de facto REASON then who is to say how she shoudl cover her hair?
4. saar isha erva is not the same status as the body of a woman. they womans body is an erva from when she is a young girl, its a physical erva. the hair is a SPIRITUAL erva and not attractive like body parts of a woman, that is why a woman shoudlnt go with tight clothes so you shoudl see her PHYSICAL erva, yet her hair which she must only cover once she is married has an entirely different status and thus must be COVERED but no one is to say how.

having said that, for the sephardic community it has been assur from far back to cover with hair, so we cannot laugh at them

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 04:08 PM sane Says:

The wives of the American Gedolim wore sheitlach.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 04:08 PM favish Says:

can anyone refer to where there is a heter for a shytel?..not what these yidden do, what the rebbe a particular chassidus holds, just from shuclhen urech or talmud. The places were sheitel is mentioned in shass, proove that its dicussing 1)a married woman 2) its not discussing in ones own private domain, not in reshus hurabbim.3) how do oou know of those place in shass where sheitel is mentioned that the subject didnt wear a teichel , hat etc in addition to sheitel?

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 04:08 PM Rebbishekup Says:

How is it that there are certain things which became mandatory amongst frume yidden yet in halacha their status is much more lenient and vice versa? Take cholov yisroel which has become יהרג ואל יעבור yet wearing wigs which accompanies a doraysa has been stomped upon since some are lenient. Priorities have gotten messed up in certain areas.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 04:20 PM Anonymous Says:

#38 did you also come to the conclusion since treif meat is much cheaper than kosher meat so you started eating treif meat because it more important to pay tuition , how abuot chometz bread is mutch cheaper than matzoh so you decided to eat chometz so you can pay tuition. and of course why buy lulev and shukkah when i can pay the tuiton in instead..on the other hand why not send your kids to public school so you have no problem with tuition and you can buy the sheitel, matzohs, lulev sukkah etc ..THATS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE LESS THEN DASS BAL HABAYIS , 'talmud hoyah shehoyah metahar es hasheretz bemayah vachmishim tamim'. A married woman to go uncovered hair in public is assur min hatorah and no poisek in the world can change that..see ketubes 67a (?) andshulchen urech evan huaizer...

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 04:22 PM Anonymous Says:

we dont pasken from pictures. oich mir a poisek 'ah picture'

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 05:45 PM BinderDundat Says:

another day, another "gadol" that I have lost respect for. Why are all these so called gedolim exempt from kavod habrios? Why are they allowed to say anything they want, insult anyone they want, and still deserve respect? Why is it that they don't know that derech eretz kadma letorah? Someone, please explain this to me, because I'm really getting turned off.

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 09:55 PM Blogger Says:

It's still before rosh hashanah, so I won't condemn all the way someone not exactly in line with me.

Going back many years (like 35-40) there was one rav that said that giyur has to be easy so the israeli country has a bigger population that can write into their citizen cards that they are yehudim & he didn't only say it, but practiced it as well. we can't know how many so called jews are totally goyim because of his psokim.

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 Sep 06, 2010 at 02:47 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #45  
michali Says:

Baruch Hashem, I am not a follower of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, but a follower of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, z'tl, and Rav Moshe Feinstein, z'tl on this issue. It is a shame that a leader would choose to cause machlokes among klal yisroel, especially before Rosh Hoshana. It has been said that before Moshiach becomes, there will be many Rabbis that will prevent him from coming, C"V. Today's Jewish leaders or rabbis must encourage achdus to end galus. Issues that will only cause machlokes will only prolong it, c'v.

No offense but your talking stupidity. Torah is full of machlokes and rav ovodia is stating his own opinion to his people that follow his psak. You could follow rav moshie.

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 Sep 06, 2010 at 08:28 AM smardush Says:

There are no halachas, torah or rabbinical, addressed to purely women as to what they should wear. There is however Daas Yehudis - a combination of customs that women have taken on themselves especially in dress. That's why Rashi on the Sotah parsha says from here we see that women have a CUSTOM to cover their hair. However the custom of today is that single women do NOT cover their hair.

And while men are forbidden to even glance at Erva during Shema, it's mentioned in the Mishna Brura that a woman can recite Shema completely naked as long as she is sitting (ie covering her Erva) and that her friends can recite in front of her.

The burning in Gehinom is, I presume, purely a fire and brimstone warning since no one has gone there and come yet back with a report.

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 Sep 06, 2010 at 08:44 AM HCRNS Says:

Reply to #15

While It is true that many wigs can be more attractive than a woman's hair, that does not make it the overall wrong choice for women to wear. As a general rule,every woman should act in accordance with her minhag. Torah does not ask of Jewish women to look unattractive. Granted, some wigs may not be the best choice for a bas yisroel, if it is something that will bring too much attention on her for the wrong reasons (i.e too long) but to bash the whole concept of a sheitel is wrong. There are laws of tznius that apply to wigs as well. For example, just because a girl may unfortunately wear a short skirt, does that make the whole idea of wearing a skirt wrong? The same applies to a wig. R' Ovadia should encourage women to act in accordance with halacha, follow their minhag and dress and act in a way the Torah sees fit, but not completely undermine and even more so condemn the women who wear a wig. The Lubavitcher Rebbe instructed his followers to wear a wig, and if He did, you can be sure it is not wrong according to Torah. Wearing a sheitel is NOT wrong. No matter what your minhag may be, scarf, sheitel, or whatever, the main thing is that a woman look tznius in it.

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 Sep 06, 2010 at 10:51 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
&Mrs; AmHaAretz Says:

? Is the sheitel made from the hair of a male or a female?
Was "the donor" living or dead?
Is this custom a form of following in the ways of the Egyptians?
What is wrong with covering the hair with a hat or scarf?

Reb Yoshiv Ber's wife did not wear a sheitel and yu is the biggest mokom torah is America. Enough said.

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 Sep 06, 2010 at 11:29 AM charliehall Says:

Contrary to the many statements by amei haaretzim here, it is in fact a machloket poskim whether the requirement for a women to cover her hair is a chyuv from the Torah or from the Rabbis. See Rabbi Broyde's recent 80-plus essay where he brings down the real sources. And I've even found three poskim (two Sefardi, one Ashkenazi) who say that it isn't a halachic requirement at all but a pious minhag.

And whether wigs are a permissible way of covering is itself a machloket poskim. All should follow their own rabbis. Those who oppose it have firm ground on which to stand. And yes, there are indeed those who say that it is better to go out with your hair uncovered rather than to wear a wig.

Many who comment here are followers of the derech of the Lubavicher Rebbe z'tz'l. He clearly approved of wigs and even urged them in preference to hats or scarves. Those who follow in that derech should be confident that they are doing the right thing as far as the Torah is concerned! But those who follow the derech of Rav Ovadiah Yosef should not use wigs to fulfill the mitzvah of haircovering.

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 Sep 06, 2010 at 01:04 PM michali Says:

To #71: I am not offended, however, I have learned that when someone has difficulty expressing themselves they usually resort to hurtful words. So, think before you comment.

Yes, it is true that the Torah is full of machlokes, however, the machlokes in the Torah cannot be compared with the machlokes of today. Then, machlokes were done l'shaim shamayim. I will not argue whether Rav Yosef's comment was done l'shaim shomayim, however, I question whether his decision to state his opinion was for his own followers. Personally, I doubt it very much, since it was made public.

The bottom line is that women have to follow their own Rav, end of story.

BTW, I have personal proof that his comment is causing machlokes. I just had an argument with my husband regarding this issue. So, yes, Rav Yosef is to blame for causing machlokes, because it just happened in my home. Because of his insensitive comments, he has caused problems of shalom bayis between my husband and myself. Good going Rabbi!

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 Sep 06, 2010 at 01:25 PM Anonymous Says:

To all those who claim that wigs were a later invention: Trousers were nnot worn until about the 1500's. So why should men wear pants?

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 Sep 06, 2010 at 01:26 PM moooo Says:

im mocha on farshaming a talmid chochom

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 Sep 06, 2010 at 05:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #76  
michali Says:

To #71: I am not offended, however, I have learned that when someone has difficulty expressing themselves they usually resort to hurtful words. So, think before you comment.

Yes, it is true that the Torah is full of machlokes, however, the machlokes in the Torah cannot be compared with the machlokes of today. Then, machlokes were done l'shaim shamayim. I will not argue whether Rav Yosef's comment was done l'shaim shomayim, however, I question whether his decision to state his opinion was for his own followers. Personally, I doubt it very much, since it was made public.

The bottom line is that women have to follow their own Rav, end of story.

BTW, I have personal proof that his comment is causing machlokes. I just had an argument with my husband regarding this issue. So, yes, Rav Yosef is to blame for causing machlokes, because it just happened in my home. Because of his insensitive comments, he has caused problems of shalom bayis between my husband and myself. Good going Rabbi!

I apologize. I didn't mean to be rude. But I was protecting the rabbis koved hatorah.you seem not to realize the ravs greatness and that's what caused you to talk the way you did,and now again. As for you arguing with your husband-that has nothing to do with the rav. Open up the seforim and you'll see he's not the first to assir wigs. Happens to be your husband or you heard it from him! So I think its a little crazy to say the rav "caused" a machlokes. Sorry,but
Maybe you need shalom bais?

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 Sep 06, 2010 at 10:04 PM Mad@Stupids Says:

He has a daas torah for his poeple, and he has "NO" right to single out on the Gerrer chasidim, saying that they are not the whole world, BUT SO ISN'T HE, he can tell his people how to be, let the gerrer chassiddim go their way. Don't build your follower circle on other peoples blood.

There are quite a few things at which his "chasiddim" can burn and how, so let the chasiddish, litvish & whoever sheitel wearing groups alone.

Having hair uncovered up to a tefach (which r' ovadia allows) is a bigger aveirah than wearing a sheitel, uncovered heels (which r' ovadia allows when it's uncomfortable) is a bigger aveirah than a sheitel, not to keep many halachos important to taharas hamishpacha when he wants to make them baalei teshuveh or giyorim (& than his followers) is worse than wearing a sheitel, torah is not for sale & not compromisable to his moods. Laughing & throwing jokes at other fractions of jewish groups in order to build his follower circles shouldn't be tolerated even by his people, they laugh at it because they have to make him happy with his comments, but i'm sure that they condemn it all the way deep in their hearts.

Kesiva Va'Chasima Tova to all Klal Yisroel

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