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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 ...


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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