Understanding there are many styles of wearing payot, in my personal experience nearly all chassidim I have met wear them tightly curled in front of their ears. Example:

example of a chassidic man with curled payot in front of his ears

Is there any particular religious reseason for wearing them in this fashion?

  • Presumably so that they stay neat. Dec 28, 2017 at 14:48
  • To keep them separate and recognizable them from their beard.
    – Menachem
    Dec 28, 2017 at 16:34
  • down/close vote - can you explain so that the question can be revised/improved? Dec 29, 2017 at 19:44

1 Answer 1


There are who have the custom not to cut the payot at all. Belz specifically has that minhag rooted in Kabalah.

If they were to leave it the way they are naturally, they would sweep the floors and would withhold them from sticking to their minhag, therefore they curl so that it should reach down up to a certain amount no matter its actual length.

Another aspect may be as we find in Shabbos 95' that one transgresses the Melacha of Boneh when being godeles meaning curling a girls hair as we find that when Hashem curled Chava's hair upon bringing her to Adam the posuk refers to that with the word ויבן meaning building.This shows us the significance it has on the beauty of the hair. Therefore we can say that it is beautifying the payot and would, therefore, be considered hidur mitzvah.

  • and would, therefore, be considered hidur mitzvah. Which mitsvah? How are curled peyot any less shaved with a razor that uncurled peyot? Which other negative commandment have you ever seen that has a "hiddur" through some act?
    – mevaqesh
    Dec 28, 2017 at 21:08

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .