Hair covering for single mothers
Is a woman who has a child but has never been married halachically obligated to cover her hair?
Thank you for your question.
The Torah level obligation to cover the hair is limited to a married woman. But the rabbinic obligation extends to all Jewish women who have ever been married. Therefore, widows and divorcees should cover their hair, except in cases or situations where hair covering would serve as an obstacle to the woman's eventual remarriage or to her livelihood. Non-virgins who have never been married do not need to cover their hair.
A woman who has a child but has never been married is not required to cover her hair.
This internet service does not preclude, override or replace the psak of any rabbinical authority. It is the responsibility of the questioner to inform us of any previous consultation or ruling. As even slight variation in circumstances may have Halachic consequences, views expressed concerning one case may not be applied to other, seemingly similar cases.
If you have further questions or comments about this email, please click here to Ask the Yoetzet.
The Nishmat Women's Health and Halacha is a public service of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. This project and others like it are made possible by contributions from people like you. If you have benefitted from the service, and wish to enable us to help others, click here to donate.