Woman wearing no Sheydl #general


Andy <arosen2@...>
 

Hello:

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
children).

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?

Thank you!

Warmly,

Andy Rosen
Tucson, Arizona
arosen2@cox.net

Researching the shtetl of Jezierna and surnames: CHARAP, TEICHOLZ,
HIRSCHORN, NAGELBERG, BARAD, EIDEL, STEINKRITZ, ROSENBLATT, YEAGER


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 <arosen2@cox.net> 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
children).

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?


Abramson, Arthur
 

Dear Andy,

The mother in the photograph may indeed have her head covered with
a _sheytl_ 'woman's wig.' Orthodox married women who cling to this practice=
often keep the _sheytl_ for dressing up and otherwise go about with a kerc=
hief over the hair.
Arthur S. Abramson
Mansfield, Connecticut, U.S.A.


Ira Leviton
 

Hi Cousins,

Andy Rosen asked about women wearing sheydls (sheitels) and men
wearing yarmulkes in photos.

I don't think that there's any generalization that can be made
from the lack of a head covering. I can only be anecdotal, but in
the late 19th or early 20th centuries, religious Jews sometimes
removed their head covering for a family photo - and certainly for
'official' photos. This may have varied >from place to place, as
could anything. It could also depend on whether the woman even had
a sheitel, or used a bandana or something similar, which may not
have been suitable for a photograph, and whether the photo was
taken outdoors or indoors, and whether or not it was donen by a
studio photographer.

Regards,

Ira

Ira Leviton
New York City