Photo album with hair uncovered


I have many pictures I love of me with the kids with no head-covering. Can I use them in a yearly album I make of family pictures? The album will primarily be for us to look at, but extended family and guests may also view the pictures.

In some pictures, even though it is clear I’m not wearing a kisui Rosh, most of my hair isn’t visible because of the angle of the picture. Does that make a difference?

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Asked on February 11, 2024 8:44 am
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On a technical halachic level, seeing or revealing hair in a photograph is not the same as in person.

Furthermore, though it is widely customary to keep one's head covered at home in the presence of male guests, it is technically permissible for a woman to have her head uncovered in her home, even in front of guests. A picture would be of less concern, especially if it would only be viewed by choice, as part of an album.

The central consideration here is tzeniut, which can be subjective and context-dependent. A picture in which most of the hair isn't visible, where the angle of the photograph effectively functions in place of head-covering, would seem to be tzanua. With pictures in which most of the hair is clearly visible and uncovered, this is more of a judgment call about what will be comfortable for you and your guests or extended family.

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Answered on February 11, 2024 8:40 am