The world is replete with examples of how a myriad of cultural and religious beliefs have co-existed for ages. One such religion that has significantly impacted the thinking of millions of people is Judaism. Jews have contributed immensely to the development of the society. It is essentially important to understand that each religion is different and it has its own practice and regulation.
As is with each religion, Judaism has certain set of rules and regulations that are considered sacrosanct by Jews. These rules and regulations are actually guidelines that are considered by Jews as an extension of their faith in the religion. Most Jews readily adhere to these guidelines not because they feel obliged to but because they find these to have some semblance with logic that translates into an unshaken faith in various ethics of Judaism.
However, to people lying outside the religion’s influence, a few Jewish traditions seem a little strange. One of them is the tradition of Jewish women wearing wigs. People often seem to be puzzled by this unusual practice of women wearing wigs, even when they have beautiful hair. This tradition can be traced back to the Tznuit of Judaism, which defines the code of conduct for both Jewish men and women.
The unique point about Tzniut is that despite its anachronistic nature, it stresses on virtues like humility and modesty. According to the Jewish law in Tzinut, women who are married should cover their hair with wigs or a cloth. According to the holy book of Talmud, this is a biblical acknowledgement, which in reference to its harrowed nature is referred to as the ‘Law of Moses’.
The most common materials used for covering hair in the Haredi community include a sheitel or a wig, a mitpachat which is Hebrew for a scarf or a tichel. Some Haredi females go for an extra covering for their hair using a beret or a hat. The logic behind this practice, according to the Jewish law is that, as hair is considered to be an indication of women’s beauty, it shouldn’t be revealed to any other man other than the women’s respective husbands. By showing their hair to other men, women may run the risk of inciting other men’s sensual urgencies, which is considered to be sinful in Judaism. So it is entierly logical if you look at it in this way.
Further, married women used to cover their hair as an indication for other women as well as the society that they are married. This practice is not applicable to Jewish maidens. In sharp contrast, Jewish men, married or not, may cover their heads, usually with a kippah, which is a kind of a skull-cap.
Though, there are many modernist sections of the Jewish community who find this practice redundant in the contemporary context, a major portion of Jews still practice the various codes of conduct described in the Tzniut.