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Friday, May 21, 2004


Much Ado About Hair Pieces

Read all about it here, the article entitled :: Bonfire of the hairpieces: the global cost of a religious ruling by Independent's Paul Vallely.
Excerpts ::
An Israeli rabbi's ruling that human hair from India is non-kosher has not only rocked Orthodox Jewry worldwide but has also thrown a multimillion-pound industry into crisis.

Rabbi Ahron Dovid Dunner watched carefully as the barbers severed the long tresses of the women and men, and saw it fall in a trough, from which it is collected to be sold to foreign buyers.

On Wednesday last week, Rabbi Sholom Elyashiv [he is one of the most respected authorities in the ultra-Orthodox Jewry world] issued a ruling that all wigs from India were non-kosher.

Among highly Orthodox Jews, a code of modesty forbids women from displaying their hair in public once they are married. Rabbinical tradition has it that a woman's hair is her "crowning glory" and must be covered outside the home.

Across the world uproar has ensued. Men came home from synagogue to ask their wives: "Where is your wig from?" A panic flashed around the world from Israel to New York, India, Toronto and London. The international wig industry was thrown into crisis; it sells to the theatrical, medical and black communities too but Orthodox Jews represent a significant proportion of its business, especially at the pricier end of the range.


Final words from Rabbi Pini Dunner [the nephew of Rabbi Ahron Dovid Dunner, the Rabbi who went to India] :: "To a secularist all religion is strange, and because Judaism is defined by the things you do as much as the things you believe, then much of what we do will be deemed strange. But when you believe in God then the things that control your life go beyond the preoccupations of secular materialism."

Everyday i learn a thing or two, there is still so much more yet to learn.


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