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The Lubavitcher Rebbe said that the custom among Lubavitch was to cut the Peos. He said that there are a few reasons, one of which is to avoid mixing the two types of light from the 13 strands of the beard. He also mentioned that the Arizal used to cut his Peos (as is written in the Shaarei Hamitzvos and Taamei Hamitzvos parshas Kedoshim).


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In terms of using a #1 guard: The Rambam (Hilchos Parah Adumah 1:4) rules that a completely red cow that has two white or black hairs would not have the status of a Parah Adumah. If however, the hairs are so short that one would not be able to grab them with tweezers the hair is considered to not be there at all. Apparently the Rambam has another ...


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It depends. If you mean that until now you have been completely shaving them like a crew cut, then letting them grow a bit should be fine, no one would really notice a major change. (Click here for a full explanation on Peyos) If you mean to grow them out long until they curl around your ears or even longer, well i will tell you what my rebbe told me - "It'...


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While the Rosh (Makkot 3:2) rules that the prohibition of cutting the peyot applies even to cutting them short with a scissors, the Rambam (Avoda Zara 12:6) rules that the prohibition is equivalent to that of the shaving the beard which is only prohibited with a razor. The Shulchan Aruch (YD 181:3) rules: אינו חייב אלא בתער. ויש אוסרים במספרים כעין תער, ...


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The Sefer M'rafsin Igra V'yakel pg.199 asks this question. Rav Moshe Brim and Rav Yair Yedidya Pacha answer and explain the reasoning of the mitzvah. They explain the issur of not leaving over a corner comes from the mitzvah of leaving over for the poor. Therefore if one would leave over four little corners or one big corner there would be no difference,as ...


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There is a poster available online. If you will keep it in the barber shop they promise to send it to you a free copy. EDIT The website seems down. There is a backup poster on the Web Archive


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HaRav Yoseph Qafih zt"l writes in his book Halikhoth Teman that it was a custom primarily of kohanim who came to Yemen in antiquity. And the idea that Yemenite Jewry was isolated from the Jewish world and its literature throughout the ages is a myth. Adan was a port city and other ports on the coast of Yemen were a frequent stop for those sailing around ...


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To answer your question: It's been said in the name of Reb Chaim Kanievsky that one should not hide one's Peyot behind one's ears, but he never says to cut them. There are plenty well respected Rabbis who hide their Peyot behind their ears, and others who have trimmed Peyot . Just to put this in context, let's go back to basics - using classic sources. ...


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There is an interesting Wikipedia article describing different payot styles. "As Yishai mentioned, above, "aruf" means "up" so this refers to payot that are behind the ear vs. hanging down. It could be either tied up and put under the kippah or curled around the ear. According to the wiki article this is considered the common "Litvish" / yeshivish style. ...


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It means curled/twisted up and stuck behind your ears. I have geknipte peyos.


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Find a friend and ask: וואו איז א גוטער שערער When you arrive ask: איך וויל זיך אפשערן If you're still in doubt mention: שערט ניט פון די פאות (See "Say it in Yiddish" by Uriel Weinreich and Beatrice Weinreich page 132) If this doesn't work then its a little harder to give a one sentence explanation but I think it can be done. I would suggest saying ...


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My hair is curly and i could grow peyoth all day long if i wanted to. But for those who can't, then there a few things one can do, but none of them sound especially pious or manly. Once your peyoth get long enough you can try the following: Buy a curling iron and get curlers. When you get out of the shower, wrap/wind your peyoth around your finger then ...


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If you give them time and don't allow them to be cut, they'll be long. (How much time is necessary depends on how long you want them to be, of course. A tip of my hat to Isaac Moses for this link to Wikipedia, which says human hair typically grows six inches (fifteen cm) in a year.) If you have a medical condition that prevents your hair from growing, ...


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It seems no one has discussed how long the hair actually needs to be. The Mishna in Niddah 6:12 states שתי שערות האמורות בפרה ובנגעים והאמורות בכל מקום כדי לכוף ראשן לעיקרן דברי רבי ישמעאל ר"א אומר כדי לקרוץ בציפורן ר"ע אומר כדי שיהו ניטלות בזוג The [length of the] two hairs regarding the Red Heifer, the Tzara'at affliction, and in all places is ...


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I've found the best policy asking to "leave the sideburns intact" and then taking care of the minor job myself at home. I realize this is a non-answer, but it has proven more successful at achieving the desired result of not appearing to have cut my hair in a forbidden way than other forms of instruction.


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Hair Styling Gel. Super-hold recommended.


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Hairspray does the trick.


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Olas Yitzchak 292 says it is known from the times of the Rambam even though the Rambam did not hold it was necessary. He brings in the name of the Sefer Shaar HaMitzvos - Rabbi Chaim Vital - Parshas Kedoshim in the name of the Arizal. Ben Ish Chai in his Sefer Ben Ish Chayil says that when Mordechai was Muchtar Binimuso it means long Paiyos.


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It seems from the Tshuvos HaRambam 244 that one does not need to grow their payos long and in fact the Rambam did not grow his long.However in this tshuvah it seems the masses had such an idea of growing them long. http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=1731&st=&pgnum=170 The Ben Ish Chai in his drashos on parshas zachor brings a proof from ...


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Per Rabbi Shraga Simmons at About.com: Question: Why do male Chasidic Jews have the long side curls in their hair? Answer: The Torah says, "You shall not round off the peyos of your head" (Leviticus 19:27). The word peyos refers to sideburns -- i.e. the hair in front of the ears that extends to underneath the cheekbone which is level with the ...


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If I recall, R. Moshe Feinstein is cited in Megged Giv'os Olam as holding that any hair that does not grow in until the onset of puberty may be shaved. I heard this from Rabbi Heineman as well.


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All sources from Shulchan Aruch - Yoreh De'ah - 181 Regarding the shaver in the Payos area: ג: אֵינוֹ חַיָּב אֶלָּא בְּתַעַר. וְיֵשׁ אוֹסְרִים בְּמִסְפָּרַיִם (ב) כְּעֵין תַּעַר, וְיֵשׁ לָחוּשׁ לְדִבְרֵיהֶם. ‏ באר היטב (ב) כעין. שגוזז במספרים סמוך לבשר כעין תער. ש''ך: ‏ As Matt pointed out, it's a matter of dispute. The Shulchan Aruch ...


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As far as I know there is no requirement that says you have to keep your payoth 'looking good.' But if that is priority to you then there are two different options. If one has naturally curly hair that allows peyoth to develop naturally when drying, then on yom tov one may simply wet his hair in the morning when he gets up. For everything else, one should ...


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Tosafos in Chagiga 7a - ד"ה והבכורים - states that only items mentioned in the Mishna we say daily - these are the items that have no measure - are those items that doing more is a bigger Mitzva. והבכורים אין לו שיעור לא למעלה ולא למטה. הדר פריך בירושלמי רבי ברכיה בעי למה לא תנינן עפר לסוטה אפר פרה רוק יבמה דם צפור של מצורע א''ר יוסי לא אייתינן במתני' ...


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If you are working toward an Orthodox conversion, then you are also working with an Orthodox Rav and Beit Din. Your first source for what you should do prior to your conversion should come from them. That said, prior to your actual conversion, according to halacha, you have the legal status of being a non-Jew. You are not commanded to keep any of the 613 ...


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See Rabbi Leibowitz's article section E here The Shulchan Aruch writes they need to go down to the bottom of the ear. Rabbis Zilber and Arik maintain this does not include the earlobe as part of the ear. Rabbis Frimmer and Belsky maintain any clear differentiation between hair types, I.e. color or texture, is enough to recognize where peyos of the head ...


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If I were to break down this question to its bare essentials, I would ask: Does the rabbi make the Jew, or does the Jew make the rabbi? In other words, if we see our life as a journey in which we try to move spiritually upon our current plane and attempt to raise ourselves to new levels, can it be that the rabbi who started us on our path is the one with ...


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I'm not sure about Rav Ben-Tzion Abba Shaul (I'd be very interested in hearing if anyone knows), but Rav Menashe Klein (Mishneh Halachos 7:121) quotes from R. Chaim Zvi Manheimer that people who grow their payos long and hide them behind their ears do look as if they're embarassed that they're performing a mitzvah, and that's a problem. Personally, I would ...


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Taken from an article by Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz: The Rambam (Avoda Zara 12:6) rules that one is only prohibited from removing peyos with a razor. Cutting peyos off with a scissor that provides a cut as short as a razor is completely acceptable. (The Darchei Teshuva (181:2) writes, based on the Sefer Hachinuch, that one is merely exempt from punishment, but ...


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The Shulchan Aruch that you have quoted (YD 181:9 as well as :1) defines "below the ear" as the place where the jawbone juts out (palpate as you open and close your mouth). This is based on Rashi in Makkos 20a. You can see the obvious (unintended) ambiguity.



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