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Shearis Yisroel Rabbonim Begin Checking Kashrus of Different Types of Wigs
By Betzalel Kahn

Shearis Yisroel rabbonim met in Bnei Brak to discuss how to proceed in assessing the kashrus of various types of wigs imported to Eretz Yisroel and consulted Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv to clarify the numerous questions that arose during the course of the long meeting.

Held at Shearis Yisroel headquarters in the Grand Hall building, the meeting was attended by Badatz Shearis Yisroel rabbonim HaRav Tzvi Weber, HaRav Tzvi Friedman and HaRav Eliezer Halevi Dunner and Shearis kashrus head HaRav Avrohom Shlomo Lebovitz along with HaRav Aryeh Dvir and HaRav Chaim Katz of Haifa.

Various professionals including wig importers and manufacturers from Eretz Yisroel and abroad were brought in to provide information during the four-hour meeting. The rabbonim were given a survey of the wig industry as well as a detailed report on possible ways of verifying the source of hair used for the various types of wigs. The rabbonim decided to examine the issue carefully from both a practical standpoint and a halachic standpoint before giving their opinion.

At the end of the meeting it was decided to present HaRav Eliashiv with an overview of the professional and halachic information and have him make final decisions on the questions that arose.

Meanwhile the public is eagerly awaiting developments and announcements by the panel. According to Secretary Rav Chaim Ruchamkin dozens of sheitelmachers as well as importers and manufacturers have already sought information and directives regarding the wigs in their possession and those that are to be manufactured in the future. The rabbonim will begin assessing the individual types of wigs as soon as special representatives sent to trace the origins of the hair used and the manufacturing process return and report their findings.

There are related articles about reactions to the whole issue in the Home and Family section.


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