Pious Muslims and hyper-Orthodox Jews share one tendency: various sects of each faith see men as hand grenades of of lust, ready to undergo a seminal explosion should they see an uncovered ankle, rosy mouth, or stray wisp of hair. Women are to be covered to retain their “modesty,” which means to avoid inciting the ubiquitous and uncontrollable concupiscence of the male.
Devout Muslim men can’t shake hands with women; neither can hyper-Orthodox Jews. In neither group can men dance with women, for that could incite lust. Many Muslim women can’t go out without a guardian, while hyper-orthodox Jews won’t sit next to women on planes. (There are of course exceptions.)
But in one way the Muslims are savvier than the hyper-Orthodox Jews. As we see in this video in which Oprah Winfrey experiences a Sabbath in a Hasidic Jewish home, the Jewish women, like hijabi Muslims, cover their hair. And they do it for the same reasons—for modesty!
But what do the Jews do? They cut their hair short and then cover their hair with—more hair! Wigs! Wigs undoubtedly made from the hair of other women! Not only that, but many of them, like this one, are attractive wigs! Even Oprah notices that.
Now tell me, if you’re covering your hair for modesty, and to avoid attracting men who aren’t your husband, why on earth would you cover your hair with an attractive wig that could attract even more men?
Such is the silliness of faith, and its tendency, since the days of Eve, to cast women as temptresses. In the case of Hasidic Jews, it’s a big FAIL.