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Author:  martin
E-mail:  m.brody@verizon.net
Date:  5/13/2004 5:55:00 PM
Subject:  wigs
Dea Rabbi,
I want to put in my 2 cents into the wig debate. (Los Angeles has gone absolutely nuts today.). Here is a piece of historical data that some may find intersting.
Women wearing wigs as a hair covering is a fairly recent(in Jewish terms) development. It started in Venice in the 17th Century, when the Jewish women in the Ghetto started emulating the fashion of the Christians (with whom they had excellent relations). Indeed it may be another case of copying the Gentiles. It is also interesting that R. Ovadia Yosef is very much against this custom, which was indeed started by Sephardic women. Source: Rabbi Leon Modena, Life of Judah, Autobiography of a 17th Century Venetian Rabbi.

Reply:  HUH!
Peah Nochris (wigs) is brought down in the Gemarra. I didn't do well in History, but, I think that is a little bit before the 17th century.

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