Letter of Rav Shlomo Miller Regarding Effort to Alter Halacha of Married Women Covering Their Hair

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shaitel[Click here for original letter.] The following is the text of a letter written by Rav Shlomo Miller, rosh kollel of Kollel Avreichim of Toronto, head of the Bais Horaah of Lakewood, regarding the issur of a married woman to go with her uncovered and the efforts of some to reinterperate the halacha:

Behold I have seen the article written by an individual as if chas veshalom according the Tur and Shulchan Aruch there is no issur for (married) women to go out with uncovered hair, and the entire issur stems from the law of Das Yehudis [whereas the Gemara states explicitly the opposite] and in our times there is no law of Das Yehudis. And all the lengthy diatribe therein is nothingness and an evil spirit, and the lengthy article that he wrote on this matter is similar to the responsa written by “Acher,” that is Aharon Chariner, who the Chasam Sofer lashed out against, and all the words of the aforementioned “Acher” were the foundation to permit the reformers, as is well known. And so too can be compared the responsa of the aforementioned matir, and it is not the  place here to be mefalpel  in this matter. And with this I signed on 14 Teves 5771.

Shlomo Eliyahu Miller

The following is the text of the original Hebrew, from which the above was translated:

הנה ראיתי שערוריה שכתב אחד כאלו ח”ו לדעת טור ושו”ע ליכא

איסורא לנשים לצאת בראשן פרוע, וכל האיסור מדין דת יהודית

[אשר בגמ’ מפורש להיפך] ובזמה”ז ליכא דין דת יהודית בזה

וכל האריכות בזה הבל ורעות רוח, וכל האריכות שכתב בזה הוא

כעין התשובות שכתב אח”ר היינו אהרן חרינר שהחת”ס התריס כנגדו

וכל דברי אח”ר הנ”ל הי’ יסוד להתיר לרפורמר כידוע וכן

דומה התשובה של המתיר הנ”ל ואין כאן מקום לפלפל בזה

וע”ז בעה”ח י”ד טבת תשע”א לפ”ק

שלמה אליהו מילר

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  1. R’ Broyde never allows women to go about with uncovered hair. I discussed the issue with him. He tries to find a source for the women that don’t cover their hair. He stresses that we don’t pasken like that, and he only wanted to see if there is any basis whatsoever. He concludes that a married woman must cover her hair. There is debate as to how much hair may be left uncovered.

  2. Direct quote from R’ Brodye’s article in Tradition that Rav Miller wrote against: The consensus of the Ahronim for the last few centuries has surely been

    that there is an objective Torah obligation upon married women to

    cover their hair. Nevertheless, contemporary halakhic authorities must

    also be aware that the Tur, Shulhan Arukh, and Levush are not part of

    that consensus, and that furthermore, the reason they do not join that

    consensus is because there are Rishonim who dissent. Indeed, a small

    number of Aharonim do not agree with the consensus either.

  3. There should also be a letter regarding ladies who go around in hair coverings while deliberately leaving a big part of their hair uncovered. It’s disgusting to see people walk around in such a disgraceful manner.

  4. to number three . if its discusting then dont look. we dont see you complaining about all the other discusting things that are in walmart , shoprite just to mention a few .

  5. Rabbi Broyde wrote:

    Women and families who have a clear custom not to cover their hair should know that there is a firm foundation for such a practice in the Rishonim and Shulhan Arukh, even if such a view is rejected by the great Ahronim of our day.

    Uch un vey!

  6. Just to point out, the above-mentioned article by Rabbi Broyde was written over a year ago. Since then (in the Summer ’10 issue of Tradition), Rabbi Eli Baruch Shulman has written an extensive rebuttal that clearly vilifies the thought-process of Rabbi Broyde.
    Rabbi Eli Baruch Shulman is a Rosh Yeshiva in REITS and the Rav of YI of Midwood.

  7. #1 There is no debate about how much hair there is allowed to be left uncovered. Rabbi Falk maintains in his sefer that the heter of tefach is a misunderstanding of R. Moishe Feinstien’s psak.

  8. to #8
    Seek guidance from Daas Torah? Do you mean ask a rav or posek? Oh! Why didn’t you say so? When I grew up, we asked a rav a shaila. This is what people did for millenia. This new generation has changed the lashon for some reason.


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