Jews also do this while saying Grace after dinner. To say that Orthodox Jewish women shave their heads is a huge generalization, and not a particularly accurate one. Those sidecurls are called “peiyot” in Hebrew, meaning corners. Despite this being counterintuitive, it works and really allows me to concentrate on the profound words and ideas of the prayers and studies.

It's kind of an ugly motion though, on its own. Hasidic Jews Are Mystics. Hey JITC-Why do Orthodox Jewish men have sidecurls? For me, it simply improves focus. 2. Though, it kind of feels like a rock band guitar player if I get really into it. Shuckling (also written as shokeling), from the Yiddish word meaning "to shake", (compare with the German "schaukeln", to swing) is the ritual swaying of worshippers during Jewish prayer, usually forward and back but also from side to side.This practice can be traced back to at least the 8th century, and possibly as far back as Talmudic times. Thank you, Kylie. Dear Ivan-Thanks for your question. According to the Kuzari, the 12th-century philosophical work by Rabbi Yehudah Halevi , swaying was a practical custom when people frequently prayed out of a single book, and moved up and down to make room for the many others who wanted to use that book. Why do Orthodox Jewish women shave their heads? Dear Kylie-Thanks for your question. I want to understand the science of why I'm urged to do this when I think strongly about what I want for myself/others. Thanks, Ivan.

What the majority of Orthodox women do is cover their hair. Jews (especially the Hasidic and other Orthodox movements) often sway simply as a sign of concentration or deep thought. Love!

The teachings of Hasidism are an extension of the Kabbalistic writings of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, Rabbi Isaac Luria and others. The religious reason (at least the one most commonly given) relates to a passage in the Talmud. Many Rabbis rock and sway during reading, a public speaking, etc. The practice has become natural for many Jews who engage in regular prayer. Reply The Jews rock backwards and forwards while praying because prayer is a form of worship to God and they want to worship God with every fibre of their being and that's why they move because it is moving every fibre in their bodies. Maybe the prayer is like a signal being transmitted, and swaying helps it transmit. The Hasidic masters made these mystical teachings accessible and practical for the everyman.