Does anyone know what shomer mitzvot men working in business, law and other professions where facial hair was not acceptable as well as men in the military did regarding facial hair before kosher shavers?

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    Interesting question, thank you. I wonder if using those depilatory creams + pumice stones is allowed in halacha.
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented Feb 21, 2023 at 21:22
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    @RabbiKaii not related to this topic, but see: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/99303/27180
    – Shmuel
    Commented Feb 21, 2023 at 21:34
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    Shaving wasn't always a requirement in the military
    – Dude
    Commented Feb 22, 2023 at 2:45
  • Definitely the cream. The Chazon Ish didn't like electric shavers and instead pushed the cream; if I recall from a teacher, some brand of cream featured a quote from him on an ad (or on the package itself)?
    – Shalom
    Commented Feb 22, 2023 at 11:02
  • Thank you, Rabbi Kaii, Shmuel, Dude, Shalom and LN6595. I appreciate the thoughts and information. That link IS interesting, Shmuel, and I think it is related to this topic. Man, I sure wouldn’t want to use those creams. I can imagine they really burn. Baruch Hashem for technology! Again, many thanks. Chodesh tov, Shabbat Shalom AND Purim Sameach!
    – Sidney76
    Commented Feb 23, 2023 at 5:01

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As per my grandfather, those in the military used the creams. They burn, so wasn’t much fun (but shaving never is…)


From what I heard from an older rabbi: Before Rav Moshe Feinstein permitted using some electric shavers, everyone used depilatory cream, despite the burn.

  • It was a noble--and PAINFUL--commitment to the mitzvah. Kol hakavod! Thanks N.T.
    – Sidney76
    Commented Feb 25, 2023 at 19:50

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