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Halacha - head covering
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

Generally speaking one must cover the private parts of their body such as the upper arm, leg and torso, which are termed erva in Halacha. A woman's hair is an unusual situation where when she is single it is not considered a private part of the body rather like the hands and face, but after her marriage it changes status to become an erva. Once it receives this erva classification it always retains it. Reb Moshe Feinstein zatzal writes that this retention of erva status is only miD'Rabbannan and under certain circumstances a divorced woman who would have difficulty getting remarried may be lenient. Reb Moshe adds a number of conditions and limitations of the application of this heter, and many Poskim do not accept it even within these limits. Ultimately, your Rav who knows your personal situation must be the one to decide if he accepts Reb Moshe's heter and if it applies to your situation. I cannot comment on the reasons behind the rulings of other Rabbonim without knowing all the factors they took into consideration.

posted:2008-11-11 23:02:42