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March 14, 2003 - Image 80

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-03-14

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A Difficult Subject

Journalist finds much to consider when she
tackles the seldom discussed issue of hair covering.

I is probably not a
Lions I was having with
cosmic accident that
Orthodox women of all
I got a new haircut
ages.
in the midst of writ-
Their devotion to
ing this article. "Go short-
Halachah (Jewish law)
er," I told my stylist.
moved me beyond words.
"Something cuter. Maybe
Liberated from mousse and
with hangs?"
gel, they concentrate more
An hour later I emerged
on inner grace. They don't
DEBRA
from the hair salon with a
anticipate friends' compli-
DARVICK
cut reminiscent of the one
ments on their new "dos."
Special to the
I wore during my junior
Their husbands are the
Jewish News
year in college, which I
only ones who praise the
spent in France and Spain.
look of their hair.
I felt liberated, cute all
But as much as they hold
to this mitzvah, I won-
over again. I felt younger,
lighter. .
dered at the stricture of their com-
I spent a few minutes more than
munity. The community that is
usual each morning potchkeying
there for them in times of joy and
sadness is also very concerned with,
with nay hair. As I did, I couldn't
help but think about the conversa-
as one woman said, "what goes on

,

"There's this continuum,"
sense that it was law.
Maybe it's the lawyer in
she explains. "There's totally
me. I want to see the
conforming and then there's
sources, see how the law is
being yourself and then
interpreted.
there's being weird. I'm not
"Covering my hair was
ready to be weird. There's
important to my husband
only so far I'm willing to go
and I decided I would be
to be true to myself. Part of
willing to try and grow
who I am also wants to heed
with the mitzvah. Bottom
the social norms of the corn-
Rabbi Reuven
line is I care very much
munity.”
Spolter of Young
about Jewish law and incor-
Ironically, on the job at
Israel of Oak
University of Detroit-Mercy,
Park: [The book] porating it into my life.
"If I had more clarity
where she teaches,
gives a glimpse
about what the law is and
Eisenberg's snood is just one
into some of the
the different ways to inter-
of many accepted head cover- challenges and
pret it, I'd be better able to
ings worn by the variety of
benefits that
religious women, nuns and
women find when be sincere and also to do
the right thing."
Muslims among them.
they perform this
Lisa Winer, an assistant
mitzvah."
attorney general for the State
A Regular Person
of Michigan, says that in her
If she could, Bellischa Mendelsohn, .
work environment, hats are not pro-
who lives in Oak Park with her hus-
fessional. Yet she is not comfortable
band and year-old son, would wear a
with the idea of a shaitel.
shaitel all the time.
Married for three years, she admits
"I like wearing a shaitel," she says,
she is still struggling. "I am doing my
"but I get headaches." During the
best to cover my hair without getting
week Mendelsohn wears a beret and
overwhelmed," she says.
on Shabbat wears a three-quarter fall
Winer says she asked rabbis' wives
— whose headband covers the front
whether head covering is a custom or
of her hair. "I feel better in a shaitel,"
a law.
she says, " because then I look like a
"I got no satisfactory answers," she
regular person."
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