Friday, May 17, 2013

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A Crown of Glory

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

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     I was explaining to my Shabbos guests that the Torah does not come to give us a burden, but to take a burden away. Mitzvahs should be joyful and elevating, and not merely obligations that are difficult to fulfill. One guest, a young lady, asked, “Then what about a married girl having to cover her hair? How is that not a burden?”

     I explained that a woman’s hair is a crown to her physical beauty. Women spend more money on hair care than on any other cosmetics. A recent study in Britain showed that the average woman spends a staggering $50,000 on her hair care over her lifetime!

     Women want to look attractive, and this is fine. In fact, we want the Jewish young woman to be attractive for their prospective husbands. But after they are married we do not want that beauty to be displayed on the street. It has become a very personal part of her life that she reserves for her intimate family. When she covers her hair in public she is openly stating that modesty is more important to her than attracting glances on the street.

     When she covers her hair in public, the cloth or wig that she uses has become a regal crown to her modesty. That crown verifies her internal desire to maintain family purity. Have you ever heard of a queen of any nation who considered her crown to be a burden?

     The beauty that modesty bestows is much more glorious than physical beauty, and it doesn’t get wrinkles as she gets older. Its glow even increases with age.

     “A good wife, who can find? Her value far exceeds that of gems. … Strength and dignity are her garb”[i]


[i] Proverbs 31:25

4 comments:

Leah said...

Beautiful!Thank you.

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Anonymous said...

These headcoverings are nice... do you happen to have a .com that we might look at some of them?

Thank you for this article... very nice...

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