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Importance of Modesty in Headcovering
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A look into the Beautiful Torah –Based Commandment of Modest Headcoverings for Women
 
In the sefer Taharat Yom Tov (8, 9) the Chatan Sofer writes that he heard from Maran, the Chatam Sofer, zt”l, the following words: “The reason that this exile is worse than the other exiles and each day’s curse is worse than the day before, is because during the other exiles there was no immodesty among the women. However, this is not so today, due to our many sins, immodesty is prevalent among women. And this is the worst sin of all the sins in the Torah.
The Chafetz Chaim wrote (in Letters of the Chafetz Chaim, “Open Letter” 5684, brought in the sefer Chafetz Chaim on the Torah, page 323): “I have said that the main reason for this (all of the troubles and punishments) is that we ourselves are distancing Hashem from us… Everything connected to the horrible thing called “fashion” [a way of dressing which includes anything worn from head to toe for the main purpose of attracting men, may Hashem protect us] brings a person to have sinful thoughts… and it actively nullifies Hashem’s words: “And your camp shall be holy, and there should not be seen amongst you anything, ervat davar, immodest.” And due to our many sins, a great fire has broken out in Hashem’s vineyard in many places because of this terrible “fashion,” because the impure forces become stronger due to this… and therefore the influence and blessing which each person should receive in his dealings has been stopped, and this causes all the troubles and bad things… Therefore there is an obligation upon each and every person to put out this terrible fire and to make sure that in his house, everyone acts according to halacha and not with immodesty … And the greatest obligation is on the Rabbis…”
The Rabbis have said: You must have learned once about the cry of the prophet Yeshaya against the daughters of Zion “who walk with neck stretched forth, and winking eyes, walking and raising themselves they walk, and with their feet they spout venom” (Yeshaya 3). You may have asked yourself what was he so angry about? We have all learned the verses in Yeshaya and it is not written in them that the daughters of Zion walked with their skin exposed! They did not go outside with short sleeves and short skirts, like the irreligious girls of our times! So why did Chazal say about them (Yoma 9b, Yerushalmi there 4) that they destroyed the Beit Hamikdash with their immodesty? However, the commentaries investigated and their answer penetrates deeply: It is true that the daughters of Zion covered themselves from head to toe, but their tight and accentuating clothes concealed nothing, and caused the Jewish boys to sin, just as if they were walking outside without clothes! And the prophet continues to detail how the Jewish women wore shoes that aroused the evil inclination, and walked with belts closed tightly around their waists, and wore tight fitting clothes which accentuated their body parts and their body's shape . He also details how they walked outside wearing wigs (Rashi and Rif” there), which caused the same stumbling block which is caused by natural attached hair, as it says (Brachot 24 and Rishonim) “the hair of a woman is ervah.” How did they dress up? They made up their faces and perfumed themselves outside their homes, and thereby aroused the evil inclination and caused sinful thoughts, even to the greatest Jews.  This kind of immodesty had brought the nation down, level by level, until the prophet declared that this sin burned down our Beit Mikdash!
Let us consider: Why did the prophet Yeshaya, who was very old, holy and pure, detail all the names of the clothes and jewelry through which the Jewish girls caused so many to sin? Why did he perpetuate the names and details of clothes in one of the 24 “Holy Books”? Obviously it is only to publicly declare that one may not rely on hints and general explanations, but learning all the details of the laws of modesty is an integral part of the Torah and one of its most important commandments. Women are the ones who ensure the continuation of the nation, without whom there is no Shechina (Divine Presence) and no Beit Hamikdash (Holy
 
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Temple) and no Nation of Israel. The holy Chazal (in Gemara Bavli and Yerushalmi) wrote detailed explanations of the words of the prophet Yeshaya in order to teach that the details of dress are important! For lack of knowledge of these laws (even unintentionally) causes stumbling blocks which burned the Beit Hamikdash and continue to burn the Beit Hamikdash of every generation.
Covering the head is a Torah-derived mitzva for a married woman. Since she is sanctified and designated only for her husband, she needs the additional protection that comes from a higher level of tznius (modesty). The poskim (halachic authorities) explain that covering the head is  for the purpose of adding to her tznius in order to distance other men from her (Rosh, Trumas HaDeshen, Tzror HaChaim)!
. Another reason is that a woman’s hair is eye-catching and draws a man’s desires, bringing him to undesirable thoughts. (The exposed hair of a married woman is ervah – immodest, Brachos 24). When it is exposed, it leads to impure thoughts and temptation (Ma'alos HaMiddos, Rishonim)
Therefore, to women who ask, “what is preferable?” it is clear and obvious that we are to answer them that a head covering other than a wig is much more preferable for many excellent reasons. It also enables them to fulfill this mitzva according to all of the poskim (as explained in letters signed by leaders of Klal Yisrael, to the Jewish Nation).” Our sages only required covering the hair of married women.
Reflection and Spiritual Awakening
“Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai said – Hashem said to Israel: Honor the commandments which are my messengers, as one’s messenger is like himself; if you do, it is as if you honor Me, and if you degrade them you degrade My Honor.” (Tanchuma Vayigash 6). The Torah gave one basic commandment in connection with modest dress for women, that when she goes out in public she should cover her hair. As it says in Gemmara Ketubot 72a, the reason for this mitzvah, as explained by the Rishonim and poskim, is that it is improper and immodest for a woman to expose her hair, and today this also includes exposing the hair of wigs as it attracts the eyes of those who see her and causes them to stumble in sin including sinful and immoral thoughts. (Rashi on Ketubot 72a; Ritva there; Terumot Hadeshen chap. 10; Levush Ahe”z chap. 21 par 2). In the introduction to Geder Olam written by the Chafetz Chaim it says: Chazal emphasize the great Torah prohibition for a woman to go out in public with her hair (or wig hair) uncovered. Even the women of the nations are careful with this because of modesty.
The source of this mitzvah is learned from the Sota who is commanded by the Torah to uncover her hair in order to atone for her by bringing her to shame/regret for exposing and making herself attractive with hair, which is not according to the modest ways of Jewish women. The entire basis of this mitzvah is because causing attraction with hair is immodest and causes men to stumble in sin. On the foundation of this mitzvah all the matters of modesty in dress and behavior, of “Dat Yehudit”, were established, as explained in the Gemmara Ketubot there. A modest scarf/snood distances men from women, but the natural appearance of hair creates a magnetic attraction to men and exposed hair usually enhances and beautifies the face. It is Hashem’s Will and a Torah based commandment, and hopefully also the will of Jewish women today that the married woman hide her unique beauty by hiding/covering her hair in public, in the most modest way possible .
Holy Jews, scholarly and understanding nation, stop and reflect! If women cover their hair with an ornamental covering (a wig) that is similar to the natural ornament (hair) that the Torah forbids exposing, are they thereby honoring the Will of He Who commanded women to cover their hair for the reason of modesty, or are they G-d forbid degrading His Will and His Honor??? Could it be that a woman who goes out with a wig, which is just as nice as hair (as is known to all and is explained in Gemmara Nazir 28) is fulfilling the requirements of the
 
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 Torah??? How could this be? Whom are we fooling – sadly enough we are only fooling ourselves?! Most religious women have no evil intentions to attract other men, or to cause them to G-d Forbid stumble in Torah sins of gazing and sinful thoughts of a married woman, Chas v'Shalom, but the sad facts prove that today’s wigs do attract most Jewish men in such a way, and this includes even the most righteous men within our community, according to a large survey taken in our Holy Land. The above Torah sins are considered to be more difficult than actual physical acts of sinning, r'l. This is because it's harder to repent over one's thoughts.
We must meditate and know the entire subject, to correct opinions and straighten out deeds. These are the words of the Rambam (chap. 8 of the Laws of Me’ilah, Law 8): “It is worthy for a person to meditate on the verses of the holy Torah, and to know the entire subject as much as he can." And he further states (Temurah end of chap. 4): “Most of the laws of the Torah are suggestions through which to correct opinions and straighten out actions.”
And now let’s reflect: when the Torah commanded married women to cover their hair in public so as not to"expose herself provocatively before other men with the natural beauty of exposed hair (as explained in the Rishonim, as mentioned above), if she covers her hair with something that looks exactly like, or at least similar to hair is she thereby fulfilling the requirement and intention of the mitzvah, or is she doing the opposite? Please reflect deeply to gain a deep spiritual awakening.
How did this begin? One who reflects on this will find that this mitzvah was specially dealt with by the Evil Inclination. One hundred and fifty years ago the Russian Czar issued a decree (with input from the Maskilim, “enlightened” Jews) forcing Jewish women in Europe to change their mode of dress and go out with their hair uncovered. And therefore, because of the evil decrees, and in a situation where there was no choice (piku’ach nefesh), there were a few pious women in those difficult times who chose the lesser of the two evils and began to wear wigs, relying, due to the emergency situation, on the few poskim who seemed to permit them. Thereby the idea spread and people became accustomed to it even after the evil decrees were nullified. In those days, wearing a woman's wig was a goyish way-statute. It became, to our shame and woe, a goyish custom adopted by the Jewish women and passed down from generation to generation! People’s ingrained habits and passed-down customs seem to them to be beyond suspicion, and as the Gemara says, “one who transgresses repeatedly thinks that he is doing something permitted.” Yesteryear’s wigs looked like straw or goat’s hair, which detracted from one’s appearance, so then there was no problem of being immodest (still their remained the serious Torah prohibition of following in the ways and statutes of the goyim ). But today’s wigs pose a very severe problem of immodesty, with very severe consequences, since immodesty in this is going against a Torah commandment for married women. Today there is a special, serious obligation because of new knowledge regarding the wigs, to remove entirely the wig-wearing habit! The Pri Megadim stated that those who are lenient with wigs have whom to rely on. His words are in the Mishna Brura chapter 75, par. 15. This was the foundation upon which many relied! Now it is revealed in our generation, in the recently printed book, Em Le’Binah, the Pri Megadim’s revised position that he completely forbids  Jewish women to wear their wigs in public for several reasons, even when there is a clear sign that the wig is a wig and not her hair.  The compiler thinks that perhaps his changed views  resulted from the changed appearance of wigs during his time, that the wigs became similar to the appearance of hair and they stopped looking like the appearance of straw and steel wool, which was how they looked until then. How much more so is it forbidden to wear wigs in public today when all of the wigs look stunning and natural ! It is now established without a doubt that all the foundations for permitting wigs have been invalidated. So for those who have been lenient there is really no one to rely on. Also, the many who follow the Shilteh Gibborim for leniencies now have had their rug pulled out from under them, since it has been
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clearly proven beyond a doubt that the Shilteh Gibborim was only lenient in the private domain. (See bottom, page 4.) It is a serious obligation on every G-d-fearing Jew to publicize the above to aid the wig-wearers to remove their wigs once and for all. This will definitely hasten the redemption!
Rav Binyamin Rabinowitz, zt”l states, “If not for the wigs of charedi women we would have long ago been redeemed by the righteous Mashiach. All efforts made to remove wigs and to fulfill the mitzvah of head covering according to Hashem's Will, with modesty, will definitely hasten the redemption!”
How appropriate for our days are the words of the Chafetz Chaim (in Geder Olam there), where he wrote: “And may the Evil Inclination not fool her that she will be saved from the Judgement because she had to beautify herself for her husband so that she would not be detestable to him. Because this is a mistake, as beautifications are only permitted in the house and not in public.” And in our times what do they do? Specifically when they go out in public they wear wigs, so as to look like those who have their hair fully exposed at all times!  This opposes the intention of the Torah, that forbids exposing hair in public and permits it only in the home and courtyard, the reason being “since no one can see there” (Ritva and Nimukei Yosef on Ketubot 72). This is the place to emphasize and clarify that the prohibition of wearing wigs applies to all types and kinds of wigs, whether whole wigs or partial wigs, or partially covered wigs. For what does it matter if it is a lot or a little when it looks like hair, and it is compromising the Torah? What does it matter if they are made of natural hair or are synthetic and made of other substances, as the poskim said (Chakal Yitzchak chap. 91, Teshurat Shai chap. 570, etc.) and as is well known to all, the synthetic wigs also beautify a woman like real hair and perhaps even more, as they are created especially for actresses!
Question: The mitzvah of covering a woman’s hair – is it a decree of the Torah, a “chok” without a reason (like the Red Heifer and shatnez), or is it a “mishpat” that has a reason (like most of the mitzvot of the Torah)?
Answer: These are the words of the Terumat Hadeshen, chap. 10: “The prohibition of a woman uncovering and revealing her hair before other men, is due to the immodest provocation of other men.” This means that attracting attention with exposed hair in public is immodest. According to this the following question arises: All kinds of wigs available today do the same thing (attracting the eyes and hearts of other men ) that hair does! Therefore they are forbidden according to the Torah because of immodesty, as we find in the entire Shas that all the Rabbis there considered it forbidden by the Torah!! This is what the great Gaon of his generation, Rabbi Avraham Teomim (the star pupil of the author of the Netivot) wrote in his sefer “Chesed LeAvraham” chap. 87: “A wig is forbidden according to the Torah, since the main prohibition is because it is immodest for her to flaunt her attractiveness before other men with what seems to be exposed hair. There is no difference between her own hair and a wig, as both of these ornaments ( both the wig and her own hair if she has hair ) beautify her total appearance with the beauty of revealed hair, and therefore exposing either one of these is totally forbidden by the Torah. How can we ignore this???
These are the words of the great Gaon (genius), the holy Angel of Brisk, Rabbi Yehoshua Leib Diskin zatzal, about whom Rav Chaim of Brisk zatzal said: “Where all the descriptions of other Rabbis, such as ‘Great genius’, ‘Master’, ‘Leader of the generation’ etc. end, after all these descriptions, there start the descriptions of Rav Yehoshua Leib (meaning that Rav Yehoshua Leib was on a much higher level than other great Rabbis.)!” The Steipler, zatzal, wrote in a letter (Kreina De’igreta part 2, letter 124): “…and if it is true that in his writings, the Great Rav Diskin zatzal forbade it (found in chap 213, that a wig that is similar to hair is forbidden according to all opinions), etc., we must obey the words of Rav Diskin zatzal.
The holy Gaon Rav Yehoshua Leib Diskin of Brisk wrote the following in his holy work “Questions and Answers by Rabbi Yehoshua Leib Diskin” (chap. 115 par. 4, which deals with a woman who goes out with her hair uncovered): “See in the “Shiltei Gibborim” in the chapter
 
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called “Bema Isha”, where he permits using detached hair [a wig]. It seems to me that this is only referring to a situation where it is clearly recognizable to all that this is not made of hair, but otherwise it is surely forbidden… especially with regard to the sin of immodesty, which
may cause forbidden thoughts. Also, in any case, this was only referring to wearing wigs in a closed courtyard (private domain). But in public we have not found a reason to permit it.”
We can learn four basic principles from Rav Diskin’s holy words:
A.                Any permit [to wear wigs] is only in a manner that it is clearly recognizable to all that her wig is not made of hair. But if it is not clearly recognizable to all that this is not made from hair, then it is “surely forbidden”! In other words, it is not enough for people to know that she is religious and therefore presumably what looks like hair on her head must be  a wig and not made of hair – this presumption is not enough to consider the wig “recognizable”, and in order to permit it, it must be very clearly“recognizable” and not just  presumed. (Warning: a wig may not be made of any kind of hair, whether of her own hair or of any other kind of hair.)
B.                 Being “recognizable” doesn’t mean only recognizable to her or her friends and acquaintances, or even to all women, but it must be “recognizable to all” – meaning to every person and child and all the more so strange men.
C.                To clarify the seriousness of the matter, Rav Diskin adds that this is not like other instances of appearing properly so that others do not suspect wrongdoing. This is much more serious because it causes forbidden thoughts!
D.                Rav Diskin invalidates any reasons to permit wigs, since we must say that any time the Rabbis wrote about wigs they were referring only to wearing them in a closed courtyard (private domain). However, there is no way to permit them in public.

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The Halachik Rulings of all Gedolei Yisrael
Regarding the wigs of our times, as it is well known, they have become fancier and more natural from day to day, and they are now more immodest than a woman's real hair (attached to the scalp). In a study conducted amongst all importers and distributors of wigs, they unanimously agreed that there doesn’t exist a wig in the world today that does not look like hair. Any factory that would produce a wig that doesn’t look like hair would be closed and locked immediately.
And these are the words of the great Rabbis of our generation, in a proclamation signed by the great geniuses Rav Shlomo Zalman Aurbach zatzal, and  Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, z'tsal Rav Shmuel Halevi Wosner, shlita Rav Nissim Karelitz, shlitah and many more great and famous Rabbis, about wigs that are similar to hair:
“The obligation of covering the hair for a married woman is a Torah obligation. The great genius Rav Avraham Teomim, in his work “Chessed LeAvraham” wrote that the main prohibition is due to immodest provocation of men, for she is showing off her special attractiveness before others …” According to what has been clarified lately, present-day wigs, even the most simple ones, are absolutely forbidden. They have the real beauty of hair and are not a head covering, since they accentuate and enhance a women's beauty and face ( this means that they may provoke evil gazing and thoughts, and therefore do not protect our Jewish
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women at all.) Not upon these was the permit given, and for these kind of wigs there is no leniency nor permission- whatsoever. We are only left with the option to judge others meritoriously, as this serious halacha is only revealed after studying the sugya patiently and going into the depths of the issue. Judging meritoriously is a great mitzvah, but it is not worthwhile to be lenient with such a great mitzvah. Not for us is the glory to rely on such weak laxities that have no basis in our holy Torah. Here there is no genuine  concern of transgressing
אל תיטוש תורת אמ'ך""  do not reject the Torah of your mother, or minhag Yisrael, since clearly there is no Torah basis for present-day wigs. Just the opposite – present-day wigs contradict our holy Torah, since they are as immodest, or more so, than real hair, which for married women is evidently known to be a full Torah prohibition. All of the great leading Rabbis completely forbid wigs that have any similarity whatsoever to human hair.
In addition, the great genius Rav Chaim Kanievsky, shlit”a said: “If it is similar to hair, it is true, it is obvious, that it is certainly forbidden, there is no disagreement.” And there in the Educational Pamphlet (end of page 103) it says: “According to the instructions of the great genius Rav Shlomo Zalman Aurbach zatzal, who proved from the words of Harav Yehudah Leib Diskin zatzal, that even the Rabbis who permitted wearing wigs admit that it is forbidden for the wig to look like hair.”
In the book “Om Ani Choma” by the genius Rav Moshe Gross, shlita he quotes the ruling of Rav Diskin, that there is no way to permit wigs that look like hair, as mentioned by the Steipler and Rav Shlomo Zalman Aurbach zatzal. The latter said, “When women come to me, I cannot tell if she is wearing a wig or is exposing her own hair. By me this is very disgraceful”!
All the Rabbis of Gur ruled that all wigs are forbidden, as they make a married woman look like an unmarried woman, G-d Forbid. Because the gur Chassidim were not able to live up to the authentic standard of modesty of their Rebbe, he had to give in to the weaknesses of his congregation because a Rebbe may not decree what his congregation  cannot follow, even when this is due to the congregation's spiritual weaknesses. Nevertheless the Torah prohibition of public wig - wearing remains permanently intact - as before since the Torah may never be changed in a permanent way by anyone.
Rav Shlomo Zalman Aurbach, zatzal always expressed himself thus (the Mashgiach, Rav Dan Segal shlit”a mentioned this in his speeches): “Why do they claim that in previous generations they wore wigs? Those wigs looked like steel wool or straw.” (There is no comparison between previous generations’ wigs and today’s wigs.)
And the great Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv zatzal told someone who pressed him for his opinion on the matter: Why are you asking for my opinion, will you listen to me? And when he continued pressing him and said that he wants to know, Rav Elyashiv told him: Most Rabbis forbid it. There are two or three who permit it and they never had the intention to permit the wigs of our times (which look so similar to real hair).
These are the words from the proclamation of many great Rabbis and Admorim: “Due to our many sins, it has become common lately for married women to wear wigs that look similar to real hair, many different kinds which our mothers and grandmothers never wore, nor could they even imagine such wigs as these, and they look like their hair is uncovered, G-d forbid, we see ourselves as obligated to make our holy Torah opinion known, that this is forbidden according to the halacha, both by the rabbinic and Torah laws. Even in places where the custom was to be lenient and wear wigs, they "never intended wigs like those of today". And since one sin brings in its wake another sin there is no way to permit this.” Today, all the foundations for permitting wigs in public (leniencies) have been disproved (p. 2).
The Shilteh Giborim, Yehoshua Boaz, z”tl, a great genius and tsaddik of 450 years ago, whose misinterpreted psak, halachic ruling, was greatly relied upon for a halachic permit to wear wigs in public (the very source and many copied him) is now clearly identified as no basis for such halachic permits. The Shilteh Giborim’s clarified halachic rulings have been revealed to us as
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only permitting the wearing of wigs in a closed, private courtyard and certainly not in public! Those who want to study this in depth must read and study the Sugyah d'Peah Nochrit. The Shilteh Giborim’s true position on these issues is clearly explained in these sources: The
book, Mekor Chaim written 350 years ago by the Chavat Ya’ir and printed only recently (25 years ago), the book Pnei Yitzchak printed in Damascus 108 years ago, the book Gedulat Mordechai printed in the U.S./Eretz Yisrael 105 years ago, the book Chakal Yitzchok printed in Europe 100 years ago. (see p. 2, bottom)
Chazal state: שער באישה ערווה  - this means that exposing the hair of a married woman is a serious immodesty. The first letters of this 3-word term spell שבעseven, hinting to the seven compartments of Gehennom for those who transgress. Many poskim make no distinction between the breach of today’s uncovered wigs, since they look similar to uncovered hair, and the breach of  exposing ones own attached hair. As the Holy Baba Sali said: “women who wear wigs in public are preparing fuel for themselves to be burned in Gehennom.”
Why is only a married woman required to cover her hair and not a single woman? This is because a married woman needs to take extra care to appear in a modest fashion, since the yetzer hara, evil inclination, lures a man to a married woman -more powerfully- than it does to a single one (Avodah Zara 20a). (There are even opinions that one must rather die than agree to stare at a married woman, Rabbeinu Yona, Avos 3:11.) The Torah therefore requires that the married woman conceal her hair from men, so as to obviate any chance of, other men becoming familiar with her and or becoming attracted to her, Chas v'Shalom!  (Rosh, Termas HaDeshen, Tzror HaChaim).
 
Especially if you are a married woman (Baruch Hashem,) you must consider and reconsider 77 times before going out in public, wearing even one item that breaches modesty, so as not to arouse even one person’s gazing and bad thoughts. The evil effects of even one impure thought regarding especially a married woman are almost impossible to imagine!  We should shudder to think what terrible decrees this brings to the individuals involved and to the Jewish nation.
The Chesed L’Alafim by the Pele Yoetz, states that the main rewards and punishments in this world and the next world depends mainly on the ways of modesty or Chalilah, the ways of immodesty! The Chofetz Chaim shows that every correction in the area of modesty brings Hashem closer to us, and every enhancement in modesty is precious and necessary to remove the curse of Hashem turning away from His people, Chas V’Shalom, and to ensure the return of the Divine Presence to us. Without this holy Divine Presence, our prayers and Tehillim cannot be heard! All the Torah learning goes to the forces of impurity!  Lets not  forget that those who place a stumbling block before the many, influencing them to sin have no portion in the world to come!  Appearing with one's wig in public may certainly bring a person to the tragic, sad state of losing one's portion in the world of eternity! Full repentance is possible but certainly this entails meriting the public to the best of one's ability. Most of the laws and details of modesty are made by our sages, and by no means are they chumrahs (stringencies).  Some are the principal Torah law and some are vitally important gedarim /fences that are necessary additions to protect the Torah law.
 

Testimonies of Those Who Switched From a Wig to a Scarf

It is worthwhile to mention here a few reactions that were publicized by the Committee of Rabbanim for Matters of Modesty in Bene Brak. There, women who stopped wearing wigs and started wearing scarves to cover their heads revealed their reactions in a letter to the Rabbanim:
a) They taught me that a scarf is for those who return to Jewish observance (ba’alei teshuvah) and a wig is for charedi women. But when I saw what the poskim say, that it’s the way of
 
 
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gentile actresses to wear wigs, I decided that it’s better that I look like a righteous ba’alat teshuvah than an immodest gentile woman.
b) I always knew the truth, but I was afraid to go against the flow. But when I saw the letter of the Rabbanic Committee for Matters of Modesty I decided that that’s that (this is reason enough for me to change)!
c) My children ask me: “Ima, are you sure that HaKadosh Baruch Hu accepts that you wear a wig on your head? Behold, the wig also has hair like yours!” I didn’t know what to answer them. Now that I am wearing a scarf there are no more such questions.
d) I decided to stop being like a goya (gentile). A Jewish woman can’t look like this with a lie on her head!
e) People always criticized me for looking like a non-religious woman, but I didn’t want to accept it. Today, after I took off my wig, I see this with others who wear wigs.
f) It started with a wig and continued with clothing, earrings, see-through stockings, fancy shoes, jewelry, heavy makeup and perfume in order to find favor in the eyes of others. It is impossible to understand how far we can fall. May Hashem help us not to fall further! Baruch Hashem I put an end to all this, and I started with the head.
g) I studied this topic deeply for a year. I learned that all real hair and blended hair wigs originate in India, even those that say European or Italian hair, as the hair that originates in India is only processed in these and other countries. Therefore I destroyed my wigs, as I did not want items tainted with real idol worship, a most severe Torah prohibition, to be in my home, or any Jew’s home! There are millions of real hair wigs created every year. Most Italians, Europeans and Americans would not shave off all of their hair, so where does all these tremendous amounts of hair come from? We now know that all this hair comes from  the personal sacrifices for idolworship in India. Please refer to the large pamphlet titled L'Shmor Al Kidushat Ha Machaneh, which is a special edition requested by important rabbis who are pained by the stumbling block of idolworship in today's commercial wigs in Yisrael and in the world. It presents clearly proven unrefutable testimonies regarding the total unreliability  of the Kashrut labels on wigs sold to Jewish women. This pamphlet follows the laws of the Chofets Chaim, and a word for word translation in English will soon be available on the internet, with Hashem's help.
 
A Prized Source of Protection
Rav Pesach Eliyahu Falk writes in Modesty- an Adornment for Life, “Considering that the head is the most distinguished and most significant part, Chazal say, ‘the head is king over all the limbs’ (Shabbos 61a), the influence of holiness that is transmitted to the whole person by a mitzvah done continuously with the head must be immeasurable… a vital source of holiness, inspiration and spirituality! Who can access the physical advantage in protecting the person from illness and pain that is gained from an unceasing mitzvah such as a kosher head covering? When this mitzvah is kept properly and with the correct attitude, it imparts considerable fear of Heaven to the woman.
Chazal have taught us that a person is protected while fulfilling a mitzvah, as they say, ‘while a mitzvah is being carried out, it shields, safeguards and rescues the person’ (Sotah 21a). Hence a mitzvah that is done over many hours a day is a highly prized source of protection.”
 

What Heavenly hints are we receiving about the dreaded disease and wigs?

The Admor of Skolien, Shlita, told us in one of his holy speeches" that the whole issue of the goyish wigs is one big bid’avad, meaning, not as the law requires initially! In our days, we see how that dreaded disease has spread like a plague in the most threatening way, a way which was previously unheard of!! Every day we hear of others who are suffering with the dreaded disease and we need to know why Hashem is doing this to us?! Let’s consider how the first
 
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thing that happens on the outside, externally, to those who suffer from "that disease" is regarding the hair, that all the hair falls out. Who knows if we are not being awakened by these hints to rectify this matter of a proper head covering!  Through these hints we are shown that
this breach of modesty is related to the hair on the head (there is no disease without an underlying iniquity/breach) and that we fail to cover the hair of the head according to the Torah commandment! Behold, we cover the hair with something which appears to be just like
 hair! The first symptom outwardly is that the hair falls out. This is hinting to us, to awaken us on the matter of how we cover the head. The holy Rashi writes on Yeshayahu 3:24 "that the place where they did the stated action, הלוך וטפוף תלכנה,”(Haloch v'tafof Telachna) which means
that the women went out with their head covering (their scarf) puffed up,  by tying  goyish wigs on their head which they covered with a scarf to appear as if they have abundant amounts
of hair, until here are the holy Rashi’s words. This gives us food for thought to consider – how even a covered wig, covered by a scarf is so severely punished, and so much more so, today’s not - covered, and outrageously natural wigs!! (Translated from the Hebrew book HaKeter V’HaKavod L’Chaye HaOlamim,הכתר והכבוד לחיי העולמים .)
 
FOUR UNFORTUNATE DECREES FROM REVEALED WIGS OR UNCOVERED HAIR Even an uncovered wig may not be worn outside. This serious prohibition is found in women in our generation, and brings four kinds of evil decrees: The first one is that it arouses the attribute of Judgment, a difficult judgment in the world, as the famous Chida wrote in the book Marit Ha’Ayin: “A married woman who reveals the hair on her head (also today's wigs) arouses the attribute of Judgment and causes deathly plagues in the world, because the Destroyer has permission to terrorize violently, and he doesn’t distinguish between a tzaddik and a rasha. It is found that uncovered hair (also today's wigs) brings strange death to young men and women, the righteous and the pious. The letters of the Hebrew word for plague= מגפה, are the first letters of the four words מסיבת גילוי פאות הנשים = because of uncovered women’s wigs, to hint to us that this iniquity brings a deathly plague to the world. The second decree is loud noises throughout the world due to the sin of women’s uncovered hair. The letters of the Hebrew word שער, hair, are the same letters as the word רעש, noise. The third decree is a rise in prices throughout the world, causing an increase in taxes, and abundance is decreased and given over to the nations of the world. The letters of the Hebrew word שער, hair, are the same as the word שער, exchange rate. The fourth decree is that revealed hair causes jealousy between the nations and increases evil decrees in the world. This causes the terrible curses of the Navi on women with this iniquity to be fulfilled, Chas v Shalom!! At the very least, it brings great danger during childbirth, it opens the mouth of the Accuser, and Hashem (Chas v'Shalom) doesn’t answer her in the time of her distress. It also causes blood libels. The letters of the Hebrew word שער, hair, are the same as the word רשע, a wicked man, to hint to us that the man who doesn’t rebuke his wife for uncovering her hair is wicked. (sefer Likkutei Zahav about head-covering). All of the above applies especially to exposed wigs (even when they are partially exposed)! Look at the first sentence, above. For those who have read the words of mussar (ethical teachings) above and continue to act in this corrupt way; it is for such women that there is an increase of catastrophes both in Israel and in the world! Woe and shame for the women who refuse to take responsibility for their immodesty and corrupt ways! In the eternal world, they will have no defense for their perversity and corruptions! They have been explicitly forwarned by this pamphlet and other works and therefore cannot evade their responsibility nor excuse themselves with empty excuses. Rav Shwadron zatsal stated that  "if a woman evades listening to the words of the great Torah Leaders, the words of our nation's Holy men, to the words of Torah  mussar (ethical teachings) and to the words of common sense that this woman's prayer is an abomination to Hashem. This obviously means that her prayers won't be answered.
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 A True Testimonial Story:There’s a phenomenal story about an American woman who accepted upon herself the halacha of not leaving her house without a proper and completely modest head covering. One day, as she stepped onto her porch, her hair uncovered, the door closed and locked behind her. Unfortunately, there was no way inside without going down to the street and walking around the building. Cell phone in hand, she decided to call her husband’s office to ask him to come home and open the door for her. When her husband heard her request, he blurted out, “Are you crazy? Put your hand on
your head and go downstairs! For this I have to lose time from work?” But his wife firmly responded, “I am staying here until you arrive!” Her husband saw that he had no choice, so he hurried home. Several
minutes after leaving his office in the World Trade Center, the first plane struck the building on the very same floor where he worked! The date was September 11, 2001, and in the merit of his wife’s dedication to this precious mitzva, his life was spared. After this life-changing experience, the couple strengthened themselves and the woman accepted upon herself to wear a head covering in the house as well. (from“Short Stories about Great Actions” Keter Malchut)
 
   " Special Strategies to accommodate Difficult Husbands or the Adam/Chavah Rectification"
 
There are women who have decided not to wear a wig in public, yet their husbands insist that they wear one. The reason for this is that Adam sinned through Chava’s insistent persuasion. Therefore the rectification for Adam and Chava’s sin must come first of all from the woman’s repentance, and her insistent persuasion that Adam also repent. Because she initiated the sin and persuaded Adam to sin, it is she who must persuade Adam to repent. Women need to use the power of prayer and all their powers of persuasion to succeed. A wife can make her husband’s favorite food or give him something he has always wanted, give him a lot of love and praise, wear a very pleasant but modest head-covering, not a wig and offer him tapes and books on this subject. She can encourage him to spend 40 minutes a day learning the Sugyah d'Peah Nochrit with a friend or with her. After ten weeks’ attempt of the sweet good way, try another method, called “compromising,” and keep in mind that doing your husband’s will does not apply to terrible prohibitions that causes the public to stumble in sin. Every time your husband insists, compromise only so far. Wear your wigs only at home; cut them very short ( not more than chin-length or less). Bring the wig to simchahs, without wearing it on the way there or back, or wear it with a large scarf, snood or hat covering the wig entirely. These ways should dilute the grip of the yetzer on one's husband. Now, during this time you should also try to bring your husband to learn the wig sugyah with a Rav who is available to learn from 10 p.m.-2 p.m. at (02) 582-5891. Up to ten weeks of the second method is sure to succeed, but if your husband is super-tough, the third “rescue method” is in order. Clearly show him that this is a most serious life-death matter for you, by showing very strong emotions! At least once a week, take 15-30 minutes to break down, yell and cry to your husband. Give tzedakah and light candles for tzaddikim and pray for success before each attempt. Keep in mind that you’ll be fully compensated for every attempt, hardship, struggle and expense, not only for the final accomplishment, but you may recieve up to 500 times greater reward than if it was easy to convince your husband. Don’t give up! Hashem is right behind you and success is just around the corner! With the help of Hashem, you shall taste the sweet fruits of success sooner or later. This is not force. You are showing your husband with great emotion how important this is to you! You can also speak to your Rav and your husband's friends-relatives as a last resort to try to bring your husband around. Give yourself praise and encouragement – you have just made the most difficult rectification of Chava/Adam and have therefore worked very hard to hasten the Mashiach’s coming! I envy the great rewards that you have earned. The time will come to reap all the great blessings, soon, with the Al-Mighty's compassionate help. Daughters of my
BS"D   nation, everything is in the hands of women. Trust that our davening is heard, especially if it is for the glory and honor of Hashem, Blessed is He!  It is forbidden for you to sit on the fence, undecided about which side you’re on. We all mold our futures and we also influence our children and thereby mold their futures too, for good or for evil ח"ו. Through the principal of arvut we are also guarantors for each other. If we fail in our modesty this is a failure for all of Klal Yisrael – and if we are strong we are strengthening all of Klal Yisrael. Keep that always in mind. We are so important! The Righteous Redeemer is already here and is waiting for the daughters of my people to rise to the holy occasion. Will the Jewish daughters of our nation rise again? This is still in our hands!! Don’t lose out on your chance to greet Mashiach joyously. Will our immodest head covering (wig) bring us to shame before our Father-our King, or – shall your snood/scarf be a modest crowning glory before Our Father-Our
King? One of the ploys of the yetzer hara is to delay and put off making appropriate decisions. So read this paper several times and decide carefully and soon. Then take action! And may Hashem bless you with Divine wisdom and understanding to decide the right way and stick to it! Hashem is with you! Hashem gave women extra understanding (binah yeterah) to help them decide correctly.
Whoever can prove that today’s wigs are permitted in public, with clear proofs from our Holy Torah, will receive a prize of $18,000. A Rav who can do this will receive a prize of $36,000. Call 02-582-5891.
 

THE REWARD RECEIVED BY ONE WHO WEARS A MODEST HEAD COVERING ACCORDING TO HASHEM’S WILL

 
She becomes a vessel for the shechina (Divine Presence)
She performs 5 Divine commandments every second.
All the worlds glory in her.
She is considered an important woman.
She merits holy progeny.
She merits an important husband.
She is worthy of marrying a High Priest and having her children become High Priests.
Her income is preserved and blessed.
She achieves atonement for her family, just like the altar achieves atonement, as it says: “Your wife is like a fruitful vine at the corners of your house.” “At the corners” refers to the mizbe’ach, as it says, “And you shall pour it on the corner of the mizbe’ach”. There are sources that say that she atones for the entire generation.
“Your wife is like a fruitful vine” – it is a great merit for procreation. For when is she like a fruitful vine? When she is “in the corner of your house”.
“Your children are like olive shoots” – she will have children who will be anointed with oil (i.e., blessed with riches, wisdom and honor).
She influences her family to be modest and holy and enables the shechina to enter her home.
She hastens the redemption. (In the merit of righteous women the Jews were redeemed and will be redeemed in the future.)
She merits Heavenly wisdom and pure fear of Heaven.
She merits understanding the difference between important and unimportant, pure and impure and forbidden and permitted.
She merits Heavenly assistance at every moment and in every detail of running her home.
She is calm.
She merits holy thoughts.
She merits serenity, as her head covering influence her thoughts and attributes.
In the merit of all this she will cause the shechina to rest on her home and her children will be holy. She, her husband and entire family are fortunate!
 
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A young wife with three small children became very ill: they found a cancerous growth in her brain, not upon us, G-d forbid! A pamphlet encouraging modesty came into her hands, that showed the words of the prophet  Isaiah 3:24 and the Rashi there "that they tied gentile wigs to the height of their heads, and in that place will be "Miksheh Korchah": the sickness / curse that causes baldness; under the place that they tied the gentile wigs will be that dreadful disease, until here Rashi's words. The young wife and her husband carefully turned over and judged this matter, finally deciding to get rid of the accuser on her Head (the wig), once and for all! They notified their family "We have made a final decision - my wife is changing over from a wig to a modest scarf". Her condition continued to degenerate and she had to undergo a dangerous and complicated operation to remove the growth. The operation lasted many hours. The family was very worried and from their extreme distress felt helpless, not knowing what to do! What then happened? The mother in law calls and raises her contribution saying "I am removing the wig for the benefit of my daughter in law's healing ". Exactly fifteen minutes later the surgeon comes out, exhaling deeply "Oy I don't what happened here? Fifteen minutes earlier I didn't know how I would bring her out of the operating room, if at all! The cancerous growth was so aggressive that it dominated one third of the blood vessels! The danger was enormous! Suddenly fifteen minutes earlier everything started improving and we then were able to remove the growth as much as possible. I don't know how this miracle happened. The family facing the doctor already knew how this wonderful miracle had occurred ! After a few more treatments the young wife returned, Blessed be Hashem, to her previous good health. May it be Hashem's will that her good health remains always, Amen!                                  clarification :         08-9741146
 
The great Rav Aaron Rotha, zatzal from Bergsaz, may his merit protect us, author of Shomer Emunim wrote in his holy will in his language (translated from Yiddish ) "Behold, I request all the women and daughters of my children, may the live, and also my students, may they live, and all those Jews who wish to do Hashem's will and follow through:" Close to this dark and poor generation Jewish women started to breach the fence and wear gentile wigs and from then on they continuously fell reaching the very depths in our great iniquities! The holy righteous Pinchas Karitser said as follows" When the messiah will come, then, they will see that the redemption was dependent on and stands on "one hair" !  In his handwriting it is written that his intention in truth is the matter of women's hair or wigs which they take lightly, Rachmanitzlan! If so, my sweet children what kind of face will you have before our Righteous Messiach when the holy Fathers and Mothers and all the righteous women will come together to greet the Messiach and it will be known that you delayed the Redemption! Where will they throw and bring you to? Therefore I request that each woman should G-d Forbid never be lenient to wear a wig, and even one hair! And that there will be great self-sacrifice for all the fences of holiness from both sides of the families and that the children will never go out with a wig" !
 
Hamahrsham HaCohen on the Torah, may his memory protect us wrote " The holy one of Kashniev asked his holy brother: "With what shall we go to greet the Messiach? Because the Chassidim will dance before Him and He (the Messiach)  will ask them about all the cursed fashions that their women wear to cause themselves to resemble the goyot (gentile women) and he will ask each and every one of them: Which kind of uncircumsized goyim does your wife copy with her apparel and head covering?? And they will be dumbfounded and won't be able to answer Messiach anything at all, and He said that His intention is how the women go according to the goyish ways and customs with a goyish wig (shaitle) and the holy Rav of Kashniev cried over this very much" !
 

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