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B'ati L'Gani page 24-English

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"Covering the Head" translated from "Bati Le Gani" – by Rav A. Arbelli pg. 24, 25  
 
The Holy One, blessed be He, commanded women to cover their heads in order to conceal the beauty of a woman's hair from people, and also because of hair's special contribution to a woman's beauty that strikingly enhances and beautifies her face.
Consequently, it is obvious that this head covering must be modest, reducing the special contribution of hair to a woman's beauty. Thus, it is clear that all the various types of wigs are absolutely forbidden, because on the contrary, most of them are more attractive than a woman's natural hair, and this is the opposite of the Torah's intent regarding the mitzvah of covering one's hair.
Furthermore, even the old-fashioned wigs of over one hundred years ago, that looked like goat's hair or steel wool on a woman's head, even these were permitted by almost no one, while hundreds of poskim, the great Torah leaders of all times, absolutely forbade them. [1] In earlier generations, many German communities banned and excommunicated women who went around with wigs, calling these women "light-headed and worthless."[2]
 
Even though wigs have become common among many women, they remain forbidden as before,[3] and especially considering that the wigs of our day have been totally forbidden by all Great Torah Leaders of our generation,[4] even by those who were  
willing to rely on the leniency regarding the wigs of the past. Furthermore, we already wrote that every ornamentation is forbidden and it is clear that there is no ornamentation greater than the wig that can confer great beauty onto women, who are not at all attractive. Therefore every wig of every kind, source, color, size or style and including partial pieces of wigs is forbidden according to all of the great and Righteous poskim and this prohibition also includes wigs worn with a hat or head scarf, unless these cover completely every bit of hair, including the bangs, etc. just as one would cover one's own hair!                "I have never heard of a Torah prohibition that was permitted when done halfway, one third of it nor even a quarter of it! I believe that with the help of Hashem, Blessed is He, that each woman will arrive to this understanding by herself." From Rabbenu Yoel the Admore of Satmar, zatsal.
 


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[1] Yonasan ben Uziel, the Aruch, Mahari Katzenelboigen, the Gaon Be'er Sheva, the Gaon Yaavetz, the Gaon Chasam Sofer, the Gaon Minchas Eliezer, the Gaon Rav Shlomo Kluger, the Gaon Toras Shabbos, the Gaon Baal Hahafla'ah, the Gaon Rav Tzvi Hirsh HaLevi Hurwitz, the Gaon Atzei Arazim, the Gaon Birech Es Avraham, the Gaon Chakal Yitzchok, the Gaon Yeshuas Yaakov, the Gaon Rav Chaim of Sanz, the Gaon Maharitz Chayos, the Gaon Teshuvah Mei'ahavah, the Gaon Yehuda Yaleh Assad, the Gaon Meishiv Devarim, The Gaon Rabbi Y.D. Bamberger, the Gaon Nachalas Avos, the Gaon Chesed l'Avraham, The Gaon Mikrei Dardeki, the Gaon Beis Yitzchak, the Gaon Pnei Yitzchak, the Gaon Beis Aharon, The Gaon Vayeshev Yosef, the Gaon Shedei Chemed, the Gaon Hasaba Kaddisha, the Gaon Mahari Palagi, The Gaon Divrei Yoel, the Gaon Yabia Omer, the Gaon Kinyan Torah, and others. 
[2]Responsa "Yabia Omer" in the name of a number of German gedolim such as the Hafla'ah and others. 
[3]So it is obvious and it is also written in many sefarim, that regarding something immodest it does not help that everyone goes around this way, and we do not say that since every everyone is going around like this it is no longer such a stumbling block. So write Rashi, the Rambam, the Ritva, the Meiri, the Ran, the Maharik, the Beis Yosef, the Remo, the Ridbaz, the Shita Mekubetzes, the Maharshal, the Taz, the Eliya Rabba, the Tiferes Shmuel, the Yeshuas Yaakov, the Toras Chaim, the Pri Megadim, the Noda BiYehuda, the Mahari Chagiz, the Pardes Rimonim, the Lachmei Todah, the Hafla'ah and his rabbinical court, the Apei Zutrasa, the Pnei Yitzchak, the Tzemach Tzedek of Lubavich, the Shevilei David, the Chesed l'Avraham, the Divrei Chayim of Sanz, the Teshuras Chai, the Av Beis Din Nizanov, the Chayei Adam, the Peleh Yo'eitz, the Shevet Mussar, the Yitav Lev, the Sha'arei Tohar, the Barech Et Avraham, the Ben Ish Chai, the Sabba Kadisha, the Machazeh Einayim, the Shevet Mishor, the Chochma Umussar, the Levushei Mordechai, the Mishnah Berurah, the Kaf  Hachaim, the Minchas Yitzchak, the Yaskil Avdi, Hayam Hagadol, the Michtav Me'Eliyahu, the author of Mishnas R. Akiva, the Be'er Moshe, the Gaon the Admor of Ungvar shlita, Az Nidberu, Yabia Omer, and others.    
[4]In a letter of Elul  5735 signed by the Admor of Gur, the Admor of Vishnitz, the Gaon Rav S.H. Vozner, the Admor of Erlau, the Admor of Torda, the Admor of Biala, the Admor of Lelov, and the Admor of Spinka. They wrote as follows: "Of late, many more women have begun wearing wigs that are similar to human hair, different styles and types that their mothers and grandmothers had never worn and now it seems as if they are not covering their hair at all in public places, Chas v'Shalom. Behold, we feel the obligation is upon us to announce and enlighten the people, with the opinion of our Holy Torah that this thing is forbidden according to halacha, because even in places where they had the custom of being lenient regarding wigs, they never dreamt that women would be wearing wigs such as  those of today and because one transgression pulls another transgression in it's wake, in this situation there is absolutely no way to permit this." The same has been written by Rav S.Z. Auerbach zt"l, the Gaon Rishon l'Tziyon Rav Ovadiah Yosef shlita, the Gaon Rav Y.S. Elyashiv zt"l, the Gaon Rav S.H. Wozner, shlita, The Gaon Rav N. Karelitz shlita, that a natural looking wig is forbidden, and also wigs of striking color or of "Kareh" Hairstyles etc. At the time these lines were being written, in Adar 5768, the following announcement was publicized: "Due to the harsh decrees, and it is known that heavenly wrath is due to lack of sanctity, we hereby publicize our opinion, the opinion of Torah (daas Torah), that every wig is forbidden of every kind, every size, every style, and every color, and there is no room for leniency at all etc." This was signed by many dozens of the gedolei hador, rabbis of towns and communities, rosh yeshivos and morei tzedek from all over the country. Similarly, the Gaon Rav Chaim Kanievski shlita told the rabbis of Vaad Hatzenius under the presidency of Rav S. Wosner shlita and Rav N. Karelitz shlita, that all the wigs of today are forbidden and there is no room for leniency at all. 


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