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What does it mean to have arup payos? What specific style or length is this? Who would have the minhag to keep their payos in such a fashion that is called "arup"?

  • Also what does it mean to have "arouf payos"? website won't let me ask as a seperate question so adding it on to this one... – Dude Sep 5 '14 at 1:44
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    Where have you heard the term? – Double AA Sep 5 '14 at 2:03
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    shidduch website. one of the questions was what style payos do you have and there was a drop down menu for options – Dude Sep 5 '14 at 3:36
  • @Yishai It does NOT imply not trimming, only letting them hang down in front of the ears. E.g. In Satmar, prevailing custom is trimming (or burning) the payos to chin-length as they hang naturally, whether curly or straight. – Adám Sep 5 '14 at 13:37
  • @Yishai Actually "arup" (אַראָפּ) means down in Yiddish – SAH Sep 5 '14 at 14:03
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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. That may explain why you have seen this on the shidduch web site.

  • "Arup" (אַראָפּ) actually means /down/ in Yiddish. No idea what the implications are for peyos... – SAH Sep 5 '14 at 14:03
  • @sah Arop means down,but Arof or Aruf means up – sam Sep 5 '14 at 15:08

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