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« LIVING ON THE EDGE - FUTURE TENSE | Main | You're It! »

January 07, 2007

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Brooke

I can't believe you had a hat sale at Ohev and I wasn't there.
I would love to talk with you about how Laura actually defines the obligation. The rabbi and I have had long debates recently about the differing sources relating to this obligation and have very different views of the requirements. To be fair to him, I'll admit that I have tended to agree with the legitimacy of the stricter sources where he has found that the lenient sources are more persuasive.

Isabelle

As always, a very thought-provoking post. Thank you Cynthia.
Head-covering is something that also bothers me and you've more or lesse expressed what I often feel. I've always believed that these laws have more to do with men in general than with Judaism in particular.
Beside I reckon that another thing that disturbs me about it is that most religions seems to have this problem with our hair and the present religious radicalism does nothing to alleviate my concern.
Thus when I was a child, only old Arab women covered their hair and they would wear fanciful scarves that seemed more cultural than religiously connoted. Nowadays in France, where I live, even very young Muslim girls cover their hair, and very often with an ugly black scarf. In Catholicism, women and especially nuns are asked to cover their hair.
However I agree with you if one is ready to accept to wear a scarf when visiting a church, the least we can do is to wear head-covering in our own shul if it is required!

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