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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 ...
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).
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
I know I'm technically too late for the bonus, not having been here at the time but.... 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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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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