I’ve heard that some Rabbis don’t recommend Bachurim to grow beards, while I’ve also heard that everyone should grow beards. What are the Halachic perspecectives on this? (Also, hasn’t the beard entered into the category of Jewish dress, and as such should be a problem to shave it?)

  • Are you suggesting that only Jews have beards, such that it's distinctively Jewish? That seems incorrect.
    – magicker72
    Dec 8, 2021 at 23:16
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    The Chazon Ish did not approve of bochurim shaving. In Radin some bochurim had beards. In other Litvisher Yeshivas it was deemed highly off and arrogant for a bochur to have a beard (e.g. Slabodka).
    – pcoz
    Dec 8, 2021 at 23:35
  • If non-Jews wore Yarmulkes it wouldn’t change anything. Jews have historically had beards as it was very difficult to Halachically not have one. Non-Jews have always been able to shave off their beard Dec 8, 2021 at 23:46
  • It's really about personal choice, no? The Torah forbids us to shave certain areas of our face. Some interpret this to mean that one should always keep a beard (and even to never cut it, like Chabad). Personally, if a yeshiva required me to shave my beard, that's not a yeshiva I want to be a part of.
    – ezra
    Dec 9, 2021 at 7:08
  • Why? Also if they required you to wear a certain Kippa? Dec 9, 2021 at 19:26


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