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In Vayikra 19:27, the Passuk says ולא תשחית את פאת זקנך - "and you shall not destroy the edge of your beard". I believe it says in Meseches Makkot (3:5) that this Passuk refers to 5 edges of the beard (or something to that effect).

  • Do we know where these 5 edges are?
  • Where are they?
  • Are there any places on the face that we know can definitely be shaved by a razor?
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1 Not really. 2 Depends who you ask. 3 Better not to. – Double AA May 4 '12 at 18:58

On this page you can download the picture where it brings all the opinions with pictures as to where exactly those five points are.

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You can't see. You have to buy the book. – Shmuel Brin May 4 '12 at 19:08
Not true, you can download that picture. I have the picture. If it doesn't work I can email it to whomever wants. – Hacham Gabriel May 4 '12 at 19:09
@ShmuelBrin temanim.org/shtaygen/zkn.pdf This is what Hacham G said you could download – user1292 May 4 '12 at 19:17
@mochinrechavim thank you for that. – Hacham Gabriel May 4 '12 at 19:23

Rashi says in Parshas Kedoshim The end of the beard and its borders. And these are five: two on each cheek at the top [edge of the cheek] near the head, where [the cheek] is broad and has two “corners” [i.e., extremities, one near the temple and the other at the end of the cheek bone towards the center of the face]-and one below, on the chin, at the point where the two cheeks join together. - [Torath Kohanim 19: 74; Mak. 20b] Do with it what you want. There is plenty of discussion on the Beard from the Gemara to the Chofetz Chaim up to todays Poskim.

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The corners of the beard are 1.) at the connection with the pe'ot, 2) at the base of the beard where the forks hang from the chin and 3.) the fifth one is the top edge and bottom edge of the beard, so this means dont cut any of it. It does not, however, include the mustache, which can be trimmed for sanitary purposes.

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Do you have a source for this? – Double AA Feb 20 '13 at 23:45

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