Sunday, July 20, 2008

Hats, Hair-covering

Men think they have problems:

In the Orthodox Jewish world, your hair/head covering is taken as an outward sign of all different things.

Men wear kippot, "skullcaps" or other sorts of hats and caps. They are judged in various dimensions, size, color and material. Some are barely noticed, due to size and color,and others "shout."
Generally they're either woven or crocheted (not knitted;) though I've seen some strange cardboard ones available at certain places for men who lack their own.
Married women who keep the mitzvah to cover their hair have many more options: scarves, wigs, little lace doilies for some synagogues, small hats, large, with brims and without. Some spend thousands of dollars on wigs.
I wear all sorts of hats. Some I've crocheted and other are bought. Some cost almost nothing, and others...
Let's change the subject. Now we're commemorating the destruction of our Holy Temples, and it's a time of mourning. No shopping.


Anonymous said...

Sadly, this matters way too much.

Batya said...

Human nature to judge people by the outside.

Anonymous said...

I found your post while searching for lace doilies. I remember as a child going to temple and seeing all the wives and mothers with their hair covering. Thanks for the memory.

Batya said...

Glad to bring back memories. I was just in New York, and women still wear those little lace doilies.