"Or do you not know that your body is the Dwelling Place of the Set-Apart Spirit who is in you, which you have from Elohim, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price, therefore esteem Elohim in your body and in your spirit, which are of Elohim" (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
But there is a controversial topic among us within the Hebrew Israelite nation concerning whether or not women should cover the hair specifically, particularly when we go out in public. The Torah has not been glaringly explicit about an absolute mandate to do so, or a law that prohibits us from doing so. However, there are several examples of Israelite women covering their hair in the Bible, and it appears to be done out of a desire to be modest and respected in the community. It is also done out of respect for the husband and woman's family in general.
As a personal preference, I prefer to cover my hair and do take care to make sure that I am not exposing myself. I teach my daughters to do the same and explain its importance just as I have done in the last few blog posts. Covering my hair, I have found, completely changes my behavior and attitude the moment I do it. It is a constant reminder of who I am and what is expected of me as a Hebrew Israelite. It also influences how others approach and interact with me. I do find that I am respected more by people in the community as I go about my business, as well as by my children at home.
If you are looking for an explicit Biblical law commanding women to cover their hair, you will not find it because it does not exist. In the Near East, however and later in Europe (namely Greece and Rome) women covered themselves, which did include donning hair coverings when going out in public. It is likely safe to assume that this custom also existed in ancient Israel before this. Furthermore, it may be safe to assume that the whole concept of being covered refers to one's body in general, and that includes the head/hair.
The Bible shows us that a woman's hair is an adornment and a gift given to her by The Most High. It is presented as something that enhances a woman's beauty or attractiveness. As discussed in the previous post on this topic, revealing sensuality is preserved for that one special person in private: our husbands.
"And every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered brings shame to her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved" (1 Cor. 11:6). This implies that a shaved head for a woman is not only unattractive, but is a degradation and a disgrace to herself. Covering the head/hair is a spiritual concept and custom. The scripture (1 Cor. 11:3) indicates that a woman's "head" is her husband if she is married, (and if she is not married, then it would likely be her father or other male elder). This implies that when we do not cover our heads, we disgrace our husbands (or fathers), in addition to ourselves. Ultimately, we disgrace The Most High because, according to Sha'ul, the man is covered by Yahshua HaMashiach who is covered by the Elohim. When do we pray and prophesy? All of the time. It is part of who we are as a people.
Again being covered is all about being protected. As it has been demonstrated throughout history, Israelites protect what is sacred to them (ex. Ark of The Covenant & The Holy of Holies), and sacredness applies not only to our bodies, but our thoughts particularly when we are out in the world conducting our everyday business among other nations. Sha'ul, the apostle said: "Or do you not know that your body is the Dwelling Place of the Set-Apart Spirit who is in you, which you have from Elohim, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price, therefore esteem Elohim in your body and in your spirit, which are of Elohim" (1 Cor. 6:19-20). When we cover ourselves, we are praising The Most High God. It is a form of worship. Covering is so much more than the physical act of putting on a scarf or an extra item of clothing to restrict inappropriate exposure. For the Israelite woman the meaning goes far deeper than that, I believe.
The mind of a woman in particular is tremendously important, because we are essential to rearing the next generation of our people. Now more so than ever, we have an important role in the family and in our community. We must take care and be mindful about what we are exposing and leaving ourselves open to, not only on a physical level but mentally and spiritually also. The headcovering, I think, is symbolic of the mental (spiritual) protection we receive from The Most High against the "yes" society in which we find ourselves living. It serves as a constant reminder of how we are to think and act as a set-apart nation. These are just my thoughts, of course:) .
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