Can women shave their heads?

Hair rules in Orthodox JudaismWig, peyot and beard

Just before Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, it is almost impossible to get a leg to the ground in Uriel's hairdressing salon. The men sit tightly packed and wait to be spruced up for the holiday. Also Reuven, a sixty-year-old with stubborn, gray hair:

"Under no circumstances should you shave your beard with a knife, and the pejot, the sidelocks, have to stay tuned. If you want to shave, you can do that, but not with a knife, but only with a razor or a depilatory cream."

Reuven has thus summarized in a few words what has been considered, explained and interpreted in Judaism on thousands of pages of books. The core of all teaching is chapter 19, verse 27 in Leviticus. There is the prohibition to cut the hair below the temple at the level of the middle of the ear.

Variations of the sidelocks

Which does not mean that every devout Jew leaves the sidelocks untouched for life. One of them cuts it down to a barely tangible tip. Like Reuven, the customer in Uriel's hairdressing salon. Others let the peyot hang straight down, while many Yemeni and Moroccan ultra-Orthodox twist their side hair into a long curl. And quite a few tuck the strand of hair behind the ear so that it can hardly be made out.

So the temple lock has to be, the beard, on the other hand, should, but doesn't have to. Incidentally, according to rabbinical interpretation, it has five corners: on the cheekbones, on the lower jaws and on the chin. And there the whiskers must not be destroyed. Hence the prohibition to tackle the beard with a profane razor or a standard pair of scissors. After all, there are kosher razors with a certificate from a machgiach, an overseer who certifies that the thing can shorten its beard without destroying its five corners.

Hat fashion for women

Jonas hat and cloth fashion shop is diagonally across from Uriel's hairdressing salon. Because women cannot just do the same with their hair as they want. All devout married women must cover their hair in public. The Sephardic women usually wear headscarves, which can be wrapped around the head in hundreds of ways, as Jonah relates:

"These are no longer the scarves that our mothers walked around with. A lot has happened for young women who want to look good. There are brightly printed headscarves and flowers that can be attached to them pretty. "

The Ashkenazi Jewish women, on the other hand, prefer wigs. The second hair should be smooth and shiny, that's all the rage right now. However: The hair from which the wigs are made must not come from India. Because then it could have been used for a Hindu sacrificial ritual, which makes it a no-go for Jewish women.