Can one get their head hair cut by someone of the opposite gender? Is the unavoidable proximity and contact problematic?

Assume no issue of seclusion applies. I'm asking about the issue of proximity and contact only.

  • dupe? judaism.stackexchange.com/q/38250/759 Hair amputation is a non-life-threatening medical procedure – Double AA Jan 30 '17 at 21:36
  • I think contact during a hair cut is sufficiently different to the issues of nakedness during medical procedures raised in that question? – Jakub Jan 30 '17 at 22:49
  • I guess I figured that question was intended to cover all aspects of modesty (eg. touching) not just seeing. Certainly many aspects are applicable here. – Double AA Jan 30 '17 at 22:53
  • well for a married woman this would certainly be a problem – Laser123 Mar 29 '17 at 15:49

According to dinonline and their sources below, "it is not permitted for a man to receive a haircut from a woman. Because the need for a haircut is not considered a state of “illness”, and because the close contact with a woman is liable to cause the man hirhurim, a long list of authorities has written that it is prohibited."

Sources: Yalkut Yosef (EvenHa’Ezer 21:5); Rivevos Efraim (5:507); Hilel Omer (Even He’Ezer 38, p. 400); Yitzchak Yeranen (vol. II, Even Ha’Ezer 1); Olam Yitzchak (2:237); Netzach Yosef (1:66); Mitzvos Ha-Nashim (35:12, and sources no. 14).

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    However, the Rama (EH 21:5) notes the custom is to be lenient in these matters, and even to allow female servants to wash a man's body. – Double AA Jan 30 '17 at 22:05
  • I haven't checked all your sources yet, but Rivevot Efraim doesn't provide any basis for his prohibiting this; he just says it's obvious, and then notes some source that indicate Peritzut is really bad. – Double AA Jan 30 '17 at 22:08
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    Even if the woman is a close relative, such as your mother or sister? – ezra Jan 30 '17 at 23:11
  • Any more lenient sources? – El Shteiger Jan 30 '17 at 23:46
  • @Ezra See the link to dinonline who pasken it is permitted to receive a haircut from one’s wife (when she is ‘permitted’), and from one’s mother or daughters. – NJM Jan 31 '17 at 3:31

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