How Much of a Married Woman’s Hair may Show?



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    How Much of a Married Woman’s Hair may Show?

    The basic principles of tznius (modesty) dictate that all areas of the body that are normally covered must be kept covered at all times. This applies even b’chadrei chadarim (in private), because we are always in Hashem’s presence. Written by Horav Yosef Yeshaya Braun, member of the Badatz of Crown Heights  Full Article

    Written by Horav Yosef Yeshaya Braun, member of the Badatz of Crown Heights

    The basic principles of tznius (modesty) dictate that all areas of the body that are normally covered must be kept covered at all times. This applies even b’chadrei chadarim (in private), because we are always in Hashem’s presence.

    The parts of a man or woman’s body that are considered intimate fall under a more stringent classification of ervah, and a married woman’s hair is included in that category. One may not recite Shema and other brachos in the presence of ervah, and a man may therefore not recite a brachah if even a single strand of a married woman’s hair is exposed.

    The notion that up to a tefach (a palm’s breadth) of a married woman’s hair may show is erroneous, and comes from a misunderstanding of halachah. Some women’s sideburns cannot be contained by their head covering; if that is the case, her husband – but no other man – may say Shema or brachos if they are visible.

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