Haircovering in front of extended family

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Should a married woman cover her hair in front of extended family members (father, brother, uncle, grandfather, father-in-law)?

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Asked on May 25, 2020 8:54 am
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Questions along these lines are best addressed more personally, so that a response can take specifics of a situation and a community into account. Our response is meant as a general discussion of the relevant issues.

The halachot of tzeniut generally do not apply in full force between grandparents, parents, and their offspring. Common custom is also to be more lenient with a woman’s siblings, but not with uncles, cousins or in-laws. Therefore, a woman is not halachically required to cover her hair around her father, grandfather or brother.

Separately, some halachic authorities maintain that a married woman need not cover her head in her own home, even in front of men other than her husband. (See more here.) Thus, there are grounds for a woman at home to leave her head uncovered there when her uncle or father-in-law is present, especially if she shares a household with them.

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Answered on May 25, 2020 8:41 am