Zusya was a Hasidic rabbi
Yes, this custom goes back a long way: early references to a veiling of the female hair come from the Central Assyrian laws. As early as 1300 before the new era, privileged women from the Euphrates and Tigris regions were required to cover their hair in public spaces. Incidentally, this veil protected women from attacks, because it signaled the protection of local families. All subsequent societies adopted the custom: around 500 C.E., Arab, Roman, and Byzantine women covered their heads around the Mediterranean: Jewish, Christian, and a little later, Muslim women.
The specific form of headgear and the respective religious interpretation differ according to region, culture and religion. In Judaism, female headgear is not part of the canon of mandatory laws. But orthodox Judaism also understands post-biblical religious customs as an obligatory norm. As a self-commitment, the rabbinical interpretations are taken very seriously by strictly religious Jews to this day.
Cultural customs often live on for a very long time in traditional societies. Modern religious women in Judaism - and also in Islam - try to reconcile traditional regulations and contemporary fashion for themselves. As you can see from the wig, this was a topic centuries ago that women were able to assert themselves with the rabbis (for the origin, see my answer of January 4th above). Wigs are no longer all the rage. Today we call the cultural phenomenon of adaptation between tradition and fashion Modest Fashion.
We do not know how many religious women wear a wig. For practical reasons, women usually wear short hair under their wig. At home, the wig is often exchanged for a headscarf or the uncovered head is shown in the family circle. Shaving the hair of the head is a rare exception even among Orthodox women. Women of these groups often wear a tichel. You can see from the ticheln they loop tightly around their heads that these women wear their hair very short or have shaved.
The society in which we move sets the benchmark for social norms. For pious Jews, the respective halachic interpretation of the rabbis, which their community follows, is decisive. In strict orthodoxy, hair is considered naked, intimate, which is why the view is reserved for the husband. This voluntary commitment to cover or shave the hair after the wedding is seen as meaningful, supported and lived by men and women.
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