|Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, former Sephardic Chief Rabbi|
Prophets, and the Mizrahi (Arab) Rabbis forbid women to wear
Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 72, Number 816: Narrated Humaid bin 'Abdur-Rahman bin 'Auf
that in the year he performed Hajj. he heard Mu'awiya bin Abi Sufyan, who was on the pulpit and was taking a tuft of hair from one of his guards, saying, "Where are your religious learned men? I heard Allah's Apostle forbidding this (false hair) and saying, 'The children of Israel were destroyed when their women started using this.'" Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "Allah has cursed the lady who artificially lengthens (her or someone else's) hair and the one who gets her hair lengthened and the One who tattoos (herself or someone else) and the one who gets herself tattooed"
Rabbi warns female wig-wearers
(http://www.lubbockonline.com/news/092997/world.htm) September 29, 1997
JERUSALEM - One of Israel's most powerful rabbis has ruled that women who wear wigs will be damned.
''Both she and her wig will be burned in hell,'' Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual leader of the Shas political party, said in a sermon Saturday to Jewish male seminary students.
According to Orthodox Jewish religious practice, married women cover their hair as a sign of modesty. However, many Orthodox Jews believe that realistic wigs are immodest, and some wig shops catering to Orthodox women have been vandalized.
Yosef said that if a woman wears a wig into a synagogue, she and her husband should be excommunicated.
''How can she pray on Rosh Hashanah when she wears a wig?'' Yosef said, referring to the Jewish New Year, which begins Wednesday night. ''If the woman wishes for righteous children, let her remove the wig, if not she shall have impertinent children.''
Yosef's word is law within Shas, a party drawing most of its support from religious Jews of North African descent.
In December 1996, the 76-year-old, Iraqi-born rabbi decreed that those not respecting the Sabbath should be put to death. He recently declared smoking a sin punishable by 40 lashes.
From Veil to Wig
The first serious challenge to traditional hair covering came from the wearing of wigs, which came into vogue among the French in the 16th century. The wig was worn by both French men and women, and it eventually influenced the Jewish woman to emulate her French neighbors. The practice of wearing wigs was at first denounced by rabbinic authorities, but eventually accepted by most rabbis. Still, many pious Jewish women, accustomed to more traditional headgear, found it difficult to accept the new custom. It led to controversy in the Jewish community. Some felt that the wig itself was satisfactory headcover, while others wore a wig and put a covering over it.(34) Cosmetic use of wigs and hair pieces was already a feature of women's styles in the Talmudic Period.(35) It was never intended in the Talmud to be a substitute for hair covering, however. Many European rabbis of this period inveighed against what appeared to them a novelty and inappropriate emulation of the "ways of the nations" (hukot ha-goyim). The rabbis maintained that the traditional prohibition against women displaying their hair was to prevent the special feminine attraction from bringing men to unholy thoughts. The wig, they claimed, could evoke the same feelings as the women's own hair. R. Katzenellenbogen (16th century, Padua) encouraged women to accept the teachings of their leaders, even when they sometimes proved unpleasant. He adjured them not to go with uncovered hair, nor to don a wig. To beautify oneself with a wig, he argued, was as if one went uncovered, since, to the naked eye, there appeared no difference between hair and wig.(36) Other rabbis, as late as the 18th century, mustered an array of halakhic arguments to show that wigs should be prohibited. R. Jacob Emden (1697-1776) was among a number of others who disapproved of the wearing of wigs, even declaring that reading of the shema in the presence of a woman wearing a wig was prohibited.(37) On the other hand, R. Moshe Isserles (1525?-1572), in his notes to the Shulhan Arukh, declared the wig to be acceptable, and his lenient ruling was eventually accepted by Ashkenazi Jewry.(38) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
What God and His Prophets say about Alcohol:
Bukhari Volume 4, Book 55, Number 607: Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "On the night of my Ascension to Heaven, I saw (the prophet) Moses who was a thin person with lank hair, looking like one of the men of the tribe of Shanua; and I saw Jesus who was of average height with red face as if he had just come out of a bathroom. And I resemble prophet Abraham more than any of his offspring does. Then I was given two cups, one containing milk and the other wine. Gabriel said, 'Drink whichever you like.' I took the milk and drank it. Gabriel said, 'You have accepted what is natural, (True Religion i.e. Islam) and if you had taken the wine, your followers would have gone astray.' "
Proverbs 20:1, "Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise."
Proverbs 23:30-31, "Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder"
Isaiah 5:11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, [that] they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, [till] wine inflame them!
Isaiah 5:22 Woe unto [them that are] mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
Isaiah 24:9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.
Isaiah 28:7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the (false) prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble [in] judgment.
Qur'an 2.219: They ask thee concerning wine and gambling. Say: "In them is great sin, and some profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit."
Qur'an 5.90-91: O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan's handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper. Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?
Prophet Yahya (John the Baptist) did not drink alcohol as it says in Luke 1:13-17, "But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias (Elijah the Prophet), to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."