Jewish Headcoverings

Why do some Jewish men wear those hats on their heads?  And what's with the women's wigs? 

Why Married Jewish Women Cover Their Hair

by Rabbi Hershel Johah Matt; for men, (kippah)

On Hair Covering: A deeper look at the Jewish concept of modesty.
by Rebbetzin Feige Twerski, in - information, thorough discussion 

Ritual Practice: Hair Covering
JOFA web site - PDF Articles, Information, Links

"Modesty in Dress - The Principal Law", from
"Covering Hair-Crown of the Jewish Woman" taken from: Falk, Eliyahu Pesach. Modesty: An Adornment for Life.

Kissui HaRosh -- Properly Covering the Hair With a Sheitel
Based on the Teachings of The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, see esp. Chapter IV on hair covering -- by Kissui HaRosh (Links, Information, History)

Kippah: A Blessing On Your Head
by Rabbi Shraga Simmons

"Question 11.1.2: Dress: Why do many Jewish men wear head coverings (variously referred to as "yarmulkas," "skullcaps," and "kipot")?"
from, includes link to previous article concerning hair covering for women

Jewish Virtual Library's article concerning kippah

You may also want to see:

Cover Your - headbands, scarves, tiechels, snoods, chappones, hats and caps.  Includes how to tie tiechel, hair care tips. - Website offers modest, comfortable scarves and clothing; includes how to tie your scarf - several styles of scarf, snoods and hats

Headcoverings by Devorah - several styles, including tiechel, snood, and mantilla; includes tying instructions as well as articles and links to further material

Covering Our Hair
This is a collection of patterns and links to patterns to make headcoverings, and some tips.  Sewing Patterns, Crocheting Patterns, Knitting Patterns, Hints and Tips, Yarmulkas

Scarves and Hats for Jewish Women - listing from

Covering Hair in Public:

It is an obligation min haTorah (from the Torah) for a married woman to have her hair covered whenever she is in a public area or appears amongst a large number of people. Chazal (our sages) labeled hair of a married woman "ervah" (area that must be covered) and it is therefore ossur (prohibited) mid'Rabanan (from the sages) to say a bracha (blessing) when looking at such hair, be it another woman's hair which he may not see, or his own wife's which he may see.

It is an obligation mid'Rabanan (from our sages) for a married woman to cover her hair when she is not in the public eye but she could be seen by men who are not part of her intimate family, e.g. when she goes out to the porch or yard. The issur (prohibition) applies even if she can only be seen by one individual, such as when she opens the door to a stranger.

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description of tzniut covering of hair found in