Re: Woman wearing no Sheydl #general

Yonatan Ben-Ari

There are religious sources around the turn of the century that decry
the recent (then) phenomenon of women "unfortunately" going without
their head covered and I presume the author of the source was
reffering to members of his (orthodox) community. Several decades
later in the USA (1940-50s), but amongst the same orthodox circles of
the above European rabbi there was also a certain trend , even among
orthodox rabbis that their wives did ot wear headcovering.

Today, at least in Israel, and amongst those inividual, called Baalei
Tshuva (people who aopted orthodoxy as their way of life though not
growing up so) there is a tendency to emphasize some kind of head
covering. My evaluation of it is that , similiar to a Kipa (yarmelke
for men) the head covering is more of a symbol of identification then
it is that men don't see their hair, since many of these women (at
least that I've come across ) don't cover their hair completely and
often just have a minimal covering.

Shabbat shalom

Yoni Ben-Ari, Efrat

On Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 9:33 PM, Andy <> wrote:

I've been in correspondence with a cousin who graciously shared a
family portrait dated to around the turn of the (20th) century. This
photo was purportedly taken in or around shtetl in what is now Eastern
Ukraine, about 100 miles west of Lviv. It was a studio portrait.

The region was Austro-Hungarian governed at the time and they were
relatively tolerant towards Jews.

The mother in this photo is not wearing any head covering. I have seen
hundreds of shtetlach photos like this and the woman always wears a
head cover. Her husband is not present in this photo, so I have no
idea if he would be wearing a yarmulke in this photo (he was in
America at the time and the wife left a few years later with her

After they migrated to the US, the family eventually became
assimilated (very typical in my family).

The shtetl, to my understanding was traditionally Orthodox. Can anyone
provide any clues?

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