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There is an old Kabbalistic idea discussed here to place them inside a Sefer! Many Poskim have decried this practice, including R' Ovadia Yosef who is quoted in Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Yalkut Yosef 153:17: וכל שכן שאסור להצניע בתוך ספרי קודש שערות הזקן


I assume that most people, besides Jews, also had beards, since it is a natural phenomenon that male humans have beards. At some point in time it became common for many men to shave them, and as mentioned by @Danny Schoemann, this was inconvenient for most Jews, and is still frowned upon by many for halachic reasons, so they are still more prevalent in ...


The Torah commands us (Vayikra 19:27) not to use a razor on one's beard. לֹא תַקִּפוּ פְּאַת רֹאשְׁכֶם וְלֹא תַשְׁחִית אֵת פְּאַת זְקָנֶךָ: ‏ As a result, Jews can trim their beards but not shave them, as documented in Shulchan Aruch יורה דעה in סימן קפא - אסור גלוח הפאות י: אֵינוֹ חַיָּב עַל הַשְׁחָתַת פְּאַת הַזָּקָן אֶלָּא בְּתַעַר, אֲבָל ...


To answer the title but not the body of your question, the Raddak who lived 1160–1235 in Narbonne, Provence, mentions that in his times in the lands where he lived the minhag was to not keep a beard. See Samuel 2 10 5. In fact his words there are apologetically trying to explain why in Dovid's times, when everyone had beards, it was embarrassing not to have ...


the Meam Loez in Bereishis says the lion, as king of the animals, was given a beard to give him a majestic look. Likewise we can say for man who is the crown glory of creation and the one God chose for His service. So according to this, it is proper for all men to have beards so it probably started from the first man (Adam) and was later contested by those ...


Almost no traditional chassidim trim at all. On a different note, the chafets chayim wrote a one volume piece called Tifferes Adam where he suggests in the first chapter to follow the kabbalistic practice of not trimming one's beard at all. Its not on hebrew books but its printed in the standard kol kisvei. This is a point besides his view of shaving.

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