Rabbi Broyde and hair covering

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    Feif Un

    In the closed thread, Sam2 had said that R’ Michael Broyde allows a woman to have her hair uncovered l’chatchilah. I want to clear this up. I had emailed him a while ago specifically about this. He told me to listen to the full lecture, and showed me where to find it. This was my email exchange with him afterward:

    Ok, so I listened to the lecture. Please tell me if I have this right:

    Your point was not to pasken, it was only to see if there was any

    grounds for those who say it’s ok not to cover the hair.

    Being that most of the Rabbonim of the past 100 years or so have

    paskened that hair covering is mandatory, people should follow what they said, and not use what you said in your lecture as a basis for their own actions.

    Even according to the grounds you saw, there is still an obligation to cover at least part of the hair. The argument can be made as to how much hair may be left uncovered.

    Does that sound right?

    Here was the reply:

    Yes, but instead of most I would say ‘nearly all’.

    Based on this, I would say that R’ Broyde does NOT allow women to walk around with uncovered hair. I do not want anyone to get the wrong idea about it and spread motzi shem ra about him.



    I think this is where the thread should be closed.



    Okay, it could be that I stand corrected. I will look into this further myself (I haven’t yet had an opportunity to ask anyone who has easy access to Rabbi Broyde).


    Feif Un

    I agree. Mods, can you please close it?

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