Rav Ovadia Yosef on Sheitels

Rav Ovadia informs us that there is no halachic legitimacy to wearing sheitels, and that it is actually a great sin.

The Ashkenaz stance remains that Sheitlach are permitted as the case of “Ervah” with hair is a spiritual one and not a physical one.

Still, it’s weak as a Sheitel in many cases makes a woman look even MORE attractive than without.

Nu nu?

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…they leave the yeshiva, they leave…

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and they come out “a root that bears gall and wormwood”.

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That’s what it is…

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They’re cheating themselves

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and they don’t say it’s their fault

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It is their fault!

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If they would go in the ways of tzniut in
their houses, their children would also follow in their ways.

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they would become tzadikim, they would become yashrim, and
would go in the ways of the Torah.

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Those ladies who wear wigs, they think it’s muttar

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They say no one said it’s assur.

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But we do tell them it’s assur.

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That’s what the Sages said. That made a charem and…

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Great sages: the Vilna Gaon, the Yaabetz, the
Chatam Sofer, Maharatz Chajes, and other Gedolim

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they all said it’s assur.

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And they say “No, so how come this Rebbe is quiet about it?
He sees his daughter going out like that and doesn’t say anything?”

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“Why doesn’t that Rabbi say anything, his wife wears one?”

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They fool themselves. And because they fool themselves their conscience doesn’t bother them.

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They do it lechatchila. They think it’s muttar.

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And if someone doesn’t do it they actually make fun of them.
If so, their sin is twice and three times as great!

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Where is the yirat shamaim? What about a person having to listen to
the words of the Sages that wrote this in their sefarim?

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Am I just making this up? I brought this all down from the poskim.

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All of them. One after another, they all write that it’s assur. I
didn’t just make it up. They all say it’s assur.

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Why should we transgress their words? For what?

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Just to look a little “prettier”? Is there any prettiness
lacking in nice hats and fancy tichels? Silk, embroidered…

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So what’s so hard? Just wear one of those. It’s also (better
in terms of) tzniut. This is the way of the Torah.

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A person must DISTANCE themselves from pritzut. To make a GATE around the Torah.

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Not that people should be looking at (what looks
like) her hair. Why do they do this?

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And I keep on warning them over and
over, and still they do whatever they want.

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Teachers in girls schools, they’re still doing it. And the girls learn from them:

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“What? My Morah wears a sheitel!”

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When she goes to get married to…someone, she says “No,
I only want to wear a sheitel. Nothing else!”

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And when they start to talk about marriage,
she says she’ll only wear a wig.

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There are even YESHIVA BACHURIM! Woe to the ears! They say right
from the start, “I only want her to wear a sheitel!”

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“They have eyes, but cannot see”! “Their eyes have
been shut so that they cannot see”!

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Poskim, they can’t see? Great (Gedolim), they don’t see!

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They learn Baba Kama! Baba Metzia and Baba Batra! And these
things they don’t know. They don’t want to know!

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Even if you tell them they won’t believe you.

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When they make agreements…even if it’s a good girl and she wants to
wear a kerchief or a hat, he says “No! Wear a wig!”

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WOE to such a bochur! He has no yirat shamaim!
He’s a rasha! He sins and causes sin.

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When they come to ask me what to do with such a
bochur, I say “He’s a rasha! You can’t marry him.”

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You can’t marry him, he’s not yarei shamaim.

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His Torah is not worth anything. He’s like “Doeg HaAdomi”, that all
his actions were corrupt. …how does he have yirat shamaim?

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But now, now are days of tshuva, we all have to do tshuva…

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What do we have to do tshuva for? Only
the bad things? Adultery and murder? On what?

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On all these things. It says “A sin that a person steps over with his heel
(ekev)” that what they get him on on Yom Hadin, on what you do easily.

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…they think it’s muttar. “Here’s this rabbi, here’s that
rebbe, that they do this and that…

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Is this what they learn in the poskim? That’s how to learn halachot?!

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What about all these poskim who’s words we live from?
We shouldn’t trust them? So who should we trust?

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So all these things that I say… a person should do even extra, but all
the more so that this is straightforward halacha from the poskim who wrote this…

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Everyone should be cautious not give his daughter to this corrupt kind
of person who only wants his wife to wear a wig.

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He’s not an “avrech yeshiva”, he’s an “avrech
rasha”. You should kick him out.

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You should look for a good avrech, who knows the
truth, and who wants only a tichel or hat.

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Why should he only want a wig? Is
something wrong with his eyes?

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He can’t see? He can’t see what it
says in the poskim? He doesn’t learn?

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