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January 21, 2011 6:27 pm at 6:27 pm #594388jewish brotherMember
Why di chassidish women shave their hair?is it only chassidish women?January 21, 2011 6:50 pm at 6:50 pm #730686
No it’s not only Chssidishe women. Men also shave their hair 😉January 21, 2011 7:49 pm at 7:49 pm #730687yogiboobooMember
They say chassidish women do it for the mikvah so that way no hair will be out of the water. Also that way there will never be a reason for them to walk around their homes without their hair covered. the only thing is their husbands dont see their heads uncovered eitherJanuary 21, 2011 7:52 pm at 7:52 pm #730688HomeownerMember
Here we go again.
You cannot shave your hair, only a part of the body, e.g. head, face, legs, etc.January 21, 2011 8:04 pm at 8:04 pm #730689HolyMoeParticipant
All Eastern European married women shaved all their hair until around 1840 when the Russian government declared it illegal. Most Chassidim were Moser Nefesh to maintain this minhag and Litvishe abandoned it. (My wife doesn’t do it even though we are Chassidish.)
Although we don’t know the origin exactly (there are various theories), it probably has to do with Chatzitza since it is only for married women.
This minhag is mentioned in the Takkanos of the Vaad Arba Arotzos (an umbrella group of every kehilla in Poland, Lithuania and parts of Ukraine and Belarus) almost four hundred years ago.January 21, 2011 8:28 pm at 8:28 pm #730690oomisParticipant
It does prevent chatzitzah, true, but I think nowadays it has more to do with ensuring that the wife keeps her head fully covered at all times, because it would be an embarrassment for her to be seen with a shaved head.January 21, 2011 8:59 pm at 8:59 pm #730691chayav inish livisumayParticipant
smartcookie the thread is titled shaving womens hair
mods this might not be such an appropriate thread already there were some interesting comments
consider closing!!!!!!January 22, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm #730692apushatayidParticipant
Many chassidishe men shave their heads too, with the exception of their peyos. Lots of goyishe men do too.January 22, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm #730693always hereParticipant
yes, I must admit some threads are suspect: do people want answers, or are they trying to illicit controversy & putdowns of certain groups? :/January 23, 2011 4:57 am at 4:57 am #730694
I am totally litvish but I always had (and still do have) 100%respect for SINCERE chassidim.
I taught in several chassidishe high schools,and was very impressed!
I also have a lot of chassidishe CLOSE friends.
You don’t have to have the same minhagim to respect someone.January 23, 2011 6:09 am at 6:09 am #730695
Okay,a few CLOSE friends,but friendly with many.
I once ended up looking like an undercover cop myself,when I thought I’d trim my own hair …I DIDN’T KNOW you have to TO PUT ON THE PIECES (#3,#4,etc.)My poor head looked like the beginning of a mowed lawn…so I tried to make it even…don’t ask!!January 23, 2011 7:05 am at 7:05 am #730696
Watermelon- now don’t you tell me that you taught me…
I cant seem to remember any specific teacher who liked watermelon…January 23, 2011 7:31 am at 7:31 am #730697
Which high school?(Now that I told my crazy haircut story,this is a most opportune time to get re-acquainted!!)January 23, 2011 7:41 am at 7:41 am #730698PosterMember
I dont think all women need to shave their heads, but i find it horrible when women wear snoods and they have a bid pony petruding!January 23, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm #730699ImaofthreeParticipant
Poster…what is a bid pony?January 23, 2011 1:18 pm at 1:18 pm #730700
Water-which subjects did you teach?January 23, 2011 1:23 pm at 1:23 pm #730701PosterMember
i meant BIG ponyJanuary 23, 2011 2:22 pm at 2:22 pm #730702flowersParticipant
The Gemara14 relates that “Kimchis had seven sons, all of whom merited to serve as Kohanim Gedolim, High Priests. The Sages asked her, ‘What have you done to merit this?’ She answered them: ‘The rafters of my house have never seen the plaits of my hair.’ “
This is the main reason chassidishe women shave their hair. To have good children.
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