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May a man remove hair from his body through any of the following methods:

  • Electrolysis
  • Tweasing
  • Plucking

I am asking specifically about hair between the eyes (unibrow) but I would be interested if there are halachot that apply to other parts of the body as well. Does this fall under "Lo Tilbash"?

similar topic is discussed here

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The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (Siman 171) writes:

171:2 It is forbidden for a man to remove the hair of the armpits or the genital area even with scissors used like a razor, that is, cutting very close to the skin, because this is a women's custom. It is forbidden to cut with one's hand the hair of the armpit or the genital area in order to remove them, but by his clothes it is permitted. One who has scabs on his armpits or on the genital area, and is uncomfortable because of the hairs, may remove them.

171:3 It is forbidden for a man to pluck even one white hair from among the black ones, for this is a woman's [custom] for beauty and is forbidden [by Lo Yilbash] [...].

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Yes. It is normal in our current Western society for men to do such things (certainly for a unibrow), and the rule of thumb for Lo Yilbash is if it's normal, it's not forbidden (Shulchan Aruch and Rema YD 182:1). R. Akiva Eiger (ad loc.) cites a Perisha who writes that we look at the non-Jewish society around us to determine what is normal.

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From the Sefer Nishmas Avraham Siman 182

וכן שמעתי מהגרש״ז אויערבאך זצ״ל לגבי בחור שצמחו לו שערות בין שתי גבות עיניו שזה נקרא מום ומותר לו להסירם: Uni brow is called a blemish and it can be removed.


The Shulchan Aruch 182:1 itself holds like the Rambam that one can remove other hair from the body with scissors except for the armpits and bais ha'erva. However there is a Mordichai that holds it is assur unless it causes the person tzar(pain),but the Shulchan Aruch doesn't bring that opinion down.

See here Nazir 58b for the discussion of this topic.

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