Letting Her Hair Down
“Letting your hair down” is an idiom we’re all familiar with, and it implied basically the same thing 2,000 years ago as it does today, only on steroids. The Rabbis said that if a married woman let her hair down in public, it was legitimate grounds for divorce. That was reserved only for her husband.
For an unmarried woman—unless she was living immorally—it would never, ever be done in public. It was a sign of openness, a show of intimacy. It’s something that would only ever be done in private with ones closest family members, at home.
So, in this week’s Gospel reading, when Mary lets her hair down, she’s done something utterly scandalous…and absolutely beautiful.
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