I know it's prohibited to use razor to cut the beard, but is it also prohibited to shape the limits of the beard with it? If not, how can one define/line up/shape the beard?

EDIT: When I say shape the beard, I mean to cut hair at the edges of the face, that is, this or this.

  • Hi Jonhz. I'm not sure what exactly you mean by "shaping" and "limits of the beard". Perhaps include a drawing? Does shaping refer to cutting hair at the edges of the face? Do you mean like curling the hair? Please edit to clarify so people can be sure to help you get exactly what you're looking for
    – Double AA
    Commented Oct 30, 2018 at 17:03
  • I have just edited!
    – Jonhz
    Commented Oct 30, 2018 at 17:24
  • 2
    Hmm this might be a duplicate of judaism.stackexchange.com/q/16119/759
    – Double AA
    Commented Oct 30, 2018 at 17:29

1 Answer 1


The Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De'ah 181:13) strongly suggests not to do so, since nobody really knows the Biblical boundaries fo the beard; if you guess wrongly, then you've transgressed a Biblical prohibition by crossing that boundary.

פאות הזקן הם ה' ורבו בהם הדעות לפיכך ירא שמים יצא את כולם ולא יעביר תער על כל זקנו כלל (ואפילו תחת הגרון) (ב"י בשם אגרת ר"י וסמ"ג):‏

The commentators remark that even passing a razor over one's mustache or around the throat-area is not recommended.

You must log in to answer this question.

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