Judaism is one of the oldest religions existing in the world. People who follow them are known as Jews. They are almost 0.2 percent of the total world’s population. Jews have a very rich culture and rituals which is also influenced by the other cultures and geographical areas. There is no specific costume for the jews women or men mandated by the Jewish law. But some of the dictators have mandated dressing codes, especially for the Jews women. Some of the dressing styles for women and men are discussed below.
Head covering for the women-
- Almost in every community, the head covering is mandatory especially for the woman.
- In Jews community, it’s a myth that they ask their women to cut their hair and even shave them immediately after the marriage.
- Whereas some women cover their whole head while others allow some parts to be seen as is customary in each community.
- In some areas of Georgia, Morocco, and Bukhara, Jewish women are seen with coifs.
- In this 21st century, wearing wigs a highly controversial issue among the orthodox group.
Head coverings for men-
- According to the Jewish laws, head covering is not mandatory for men.
- It is considered as a custom practiced by certain people-Torah scholars-and at certain times, such as during prayers and benedictions.
- In some areas, the jews men are required to wear a hat, it is only required to identify them as Jews.
- The Kippah Srugah, a crocheted skullcap, has become an identifying mark of some Orthodox Jews and some members of the political party.
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