I have heard it said many times, that there is no commandment to cover. That covering is only for Muslim women. That it is embarrassing to cover. Many say it was just a custom. Maybe it is, Maybe it isn't. I cover. I cover to honor Yahuah. I cover because He is my esteem. I cover because I believe with my whole heart, and my whole soul, and my whole being that covering is right to me it is an outward adorning showing my modesty, as well as my honoring of the authority of my physical head, as well as my spiritual head. Every time I cover, I feel even more, the very essence of Yahuah. Every time I cover, I put on my garment of Praise. Because we should never come into the presence of Yahuah without a physical sign of authority (tsamah-r'alah - veil), I will continue to cover.
The practice of women wearing veils is found repeatedly throughout the scriptures. Today, in many religions around the world (not just Islam) women still cover their heads when they are in the presence of men not of their family and/or during religious ceremonies and practices. It is a tradition seeped in powerful religious symbolism and one which hashatan (the adversary) has done a good job of misconstruing.
Today many people see a veil as an indicator that whatever is being veiled needs to be protected from outside influences because it is weak, unimportant, or should be controlled. For example there are people in the world who argue that women need to be veiled in order to protect them from men and their lusts. Or in a similar vein, there are people who see veils as a way to keep something secret, hidden, and untouched. Yet the truth is that such interpretations of veils are exactly opposite from what they really symbolize. The reason you veil something is because it is powerful and the veil is to protect those outside of it from the power beneath it.
Most of the righteous women I know who veil do understand something that, at that time in my life when I began to cover, I was only beginning to comprehend. They knew that because they were women they had real POWER housed within their souls. They knew that they had the power to love men and to attract them to them-- hopefully for life. They knew that within their bodies lay the ability to bestow life and that how they chose to use that power would affect future generations. They fully comprehended the importance and divinity of that power and as a result they protected it and refused to misuse it.”
For every righteous thing hashatan always comes up with a counterfeit and veils are no exception. Hashatan and the world have turned veils into symbols of oppression and ignorance.
"The ancient symbol of the veil indicated, purity, righteousness, and modesty; submission, obedience, or commitment; and the quadush recognized authority or power possessed by the veiled person." This symbolism would have been much more understood anciently than it is today, when veils have lost much of their real meaning. A veil is really an incredible symbol of female power and authority. It has just been so corrupted that the real meaning has been lost, and with it women's understanding of who they really are and their innate power.
There is absolutely no right-ruling to cover.Please understand that there is absolutely NO command from Yahuah to place a covering upon our heads.
B’Rshyt – 24:65 Rabaqah veiled herself in the presence of Yatschaq - put on her tsayph – a tsayph was a covering that covered most of the face. Mostly worn by the temple prostitutes and/or apparently worn by women before marriage in the presence of their husbands –
Bmdbar 5:11-18 - Man with a spirit of jealousy was made to bring his wife to the Kahanym and the Kahanym was made to have her stand before Yahuah (here the reference to being in Yahuah’s presence veiled). The Kahan would then remove her esteem (unveil her) the word used here is para which means to loosen, expose, make naked) so there had to be something covering her. The scripture goes on to say that removing this covering (more than likely her r'alah) was the act of removing the authority from her. Hence she would no longer be considered under the authority of her husband nor Yahuah, thus exposing her to shame. She literally is spiritually naked at this time. Because the word para is used here and means to loosen or expose, we know that she was covered or else there would be nothing to loosen and nothing to be exposed.
YashaYahu 3:19 - remember the haughty women? Yahuah promised here to not only remove their coverings from their heads, He also promised to put scabs on their heads, remove their hair, and take away their veils(R'alahut/R'alah) as well as their cauls (shabys)
Shabys in our modern english language is what is considered a wedding veil. R'alah in our modern english language is what Muslim women call a hijab.
Now, the word for headband used In Yashayahu 3 is p’ar and were headdresses or headbands worn primarily by men, particularly Kahanym. They are referenced for the Bridegroom in YashaYahu 61:10 (who was a Kahan Gadul) and for the Kahan in Yahazqal 44:18.
Please note here that Yahuah also promised to make the women bald. We all know, or should know that it was shameful for a woman to be bald. It is a reproach for a woman to be made bald. The word in YashaYahu pertaining to the hair is Ma'qshah and means well set or twisted works of (hair). Because the word used here is specifically pertaining to hair, we know that the word in Bdmdbar for covering and the one mentioned in YashaYahu for veil is not talking about hair, but an actual covering.
This is where the Muslim women received the “tradition” for lack of a better word, for covering their heads when praying. It was based on the premise that it is shameful for a woman to appear before Yahuah uncovered (without a veil) on her head. Not a tsanaph (turban) or a headband (p’ar).
So, is it necessary to wear a veil all the time? NO. However, we should be veiled, and not turbaned or whatever when in the presence of Yahuah.
Now, as for me, I will continue to veil myself all the time. Why, because I am constantly praying and talking to Yahuah. I do my utmost to remain in His presence all day long. Therefore, I will continue to veil my head. Scripture calls us to pray without ceasing. In addition, I truly believe that adorning myself with an outward sign of the authority of Yahuah, as well as my husband is something that all women should be called to do. Since we should not come into the presence of Yahuah unveiled because it is shameful to do so and removes his authority, I will continue to veil, even though there is no direct command to do so.
You make the choice, Will you cover?