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Covering hair while niddah

26 July, 2003

Question:

Can you please tell me what the halachos are regarding covering one's hair at home in front of one's husband when one is in niddah?


Answer:

The halacha requires that a woman cover the areas of her body which are inherently erotic in front of her husband when she is niddah (see Appropriate Dress). There is discussion among the poskim regarding hair. On the one hand, it is listed as an erotic area in the gemara. On the other hand, it differs from other erotic areas, as can be seen by the fact that unmarried women do not cover their hair although they do cover other areas fully. Rav Moshe Feinstein ruled that a woman does NOT have to cover her hair in her husband's presence, even when niddah, if she would normally uncover her hair in front of him in a non-sexual situation. Others rule that she does have to, or else he would be prohibited from saying brachot, etc. The halachic advisor to this site follows the first view, but you should consult your own rabbi. 


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