Kfar Chabd, Israel – Chabad Rabbi Decrees Long Sheitels Are Not Halachically Acceptable For “Kisoi Rosh”

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(photo illustration)Wig stylist Gail Rosenzweig at her studio in New York October 22, 2008. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonKfar Chabd, Israel – Rabbi Mordechai Shmuel Ashkenazi, the chief rabbi of the Kfar Chabad village in Israel, has sent a letter to the dean of the Beis Rivkah Teachers’ Seminary in Kfar Chabad warning against the “phenomenon of long wigs” as an acceptable form of hair covering for religious married women, Israel National News reports (http://bit.ly/Y36WZ2).

In his missive, Rabbi Ashkenazi said long wigs are not appropriate for the purposes of covering one’s hair according to halacha. “Wigs with long, loose hair are not permissible as hair coverings, even more so when they are made of human hair that is meant to look like the woman’s own hair,” Rabbi Ashkenazi wrote.

The letter instructed the dean to urge students and teachers on the school premises to wear wigs which only come to their shoulders, with hair that is “tied back and not scattered.”


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