Ultra-Orthodox Rabbis Ban Human-Hair Wigs (Again)

Five Israeli ultra-Orthodox rabbis released a statement this past summer, blasting wigs made of human hair for their idolatrous origins (which has long been a dispute among rabbis).

The rabbis also took the opportunity to reiterate their opposition to “long, loose-flowing, and natural wigs,” comparing them to “meat that was cooked in milk.” They concluded, “These wigs cause the erosion of tznius [modesty] among Jewish daughters.”

The statement was signed by Rabbi Chaim Meir Halevi Vosner of Zichron Meir, Rabbi Sariel Rosenberg of Bnei Brak, Rabbi Yehuda Sillman of Bnei Brak, Rabbi Shimon Baadani and Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Karp of Modiin.

The full statement was posted online today, on popular Breslov Hasidic writer Lazer Brody’s blog; his wife, Racheli Brody, encouraged women to take it to heart:

Given that the human hair industry is worth roughly $1 billion, fatwas like these are unlikely to work. But nice try.

This story "Ultra-Orthodox Rabbis Ban Human-Hair Wigs (Again)" was written by Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt.


Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt

Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt is the Life/Features editor at the Forward. She was previously a New York-based reporter for Haaretz. Her work has appeared in the New York TimesSalon, and Tablet, among others. Avital teaches journalism at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, and does pastoral work alongside her husband Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt in New York City.