In my first yeshiva (which was a Chabad yeshiva), students would place loose hairs that had fallen from their beards into sforim. In my second yeshiva (which was a Litvak yeshiva), my rebbe made a point of blowing them out of books if the book was open and he saw one there. Where did this custom of placing hairs into sforim come from? How widespread is it? How widespread is opposition to it?

  • How widespread is opposition to it? Probably about as common as opposition to hair in one's soup. Most people find this repulsive, and therefore recognize the imperative of accommodating those who find this repulsive.
    – mevaqesh
    Dec 2, 2016 at 1:43
  • How widespread is it? How do you expect us to demonstrate this? || Seems like Jews not Judaism, anyway.
    – mevaqesh
    Dec 2, 2016 at 1:44
  • 1
    Possible dupe: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/53645/8775.
    – mevaqesh
    Dec 2, 2016 at 1:56
  • once i bought a mishnah berurah set used and i found a lot of beard hair inside some of the volumes. the set was from the 1950s so who knows how old it is...
    – ezra
    Dec 2, 2016 at 1:58
  • there is such a custom brought in the Likutei Maharich,but other assur it because of kibud haseforim
    – sam
    Dec 2, 2016 at 2:08


Browse other questions tagged .