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Haircuts on 5 Iyar?

According to many religious Zionist poskim, there is a special dispensation to allow music on 5 Iyar/Yom HaAtzma'ut. Is there a discussion at all in contemporary religious Zionist rabbinic writings ...
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Shaving on Friday when Lag Ba'omer falls out on a Sunday

Some years (e.g., 2011, 2017, 2024) Lag Ba'omer falls out on a Sunday. I've heard from a few people that the halacha is that you can shave (and take a haircut) on the Friday beforehand l'kavod Shabbos....
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May Jews remove nose hair or eyelashes during Sefirat Ha’Omer

According to Halacha, may Jews remove nose hair or eyelashes during Sefirat Ha’Omer, or no, do the semi mourning restrictions during this time not prohibit nose hair or eyelash removal? Or is this ...
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Army - shaving with a razor

There are many inspiring stories of Jews who were conscripted, and went to great lengths to get out of doing melacha on Shabbat, eating matza on Pesach etc. There are halachos and responsa dealing ...
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Can men have women shave their peyot/beard

According to Halacha, 2 of the three negative commandments that don’t apply to women are shaving Peyot and shaving the corners of beards. My question is, is it permissible for a Jewish man to ask a ...
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Using depilatory cream during mourning

Inspired by this question I was curious if it is permissible to remove hair with depilatory cream when mourning. The reason is that there is a biblical prohibition against shaving hair (Deuteronomy 14:...
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Kosher Electric Shavers

Which electric shavers are halakhically acceptable for shaving a man's beard?
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Sidelocks and a Nazarite vow

Since it's forbidden to destroy the sidelocks, how does a Nazarite fulfill his vow when shaving upon completion, without violating the prohibition, since the whole head needs to be shaved?
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Targum Yonason on cutting the beard

Where exactly does the Targum Yonason say that cutting ones beard with a scissors is assur, as quoted in R' Chaim Kanievsky's Orchos Yosher?
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Shaving the beard

I have been reading from a sefer called Hadras Ponim-Zokon (link online-https://koshershaver.info/) stating that it is completely asur gamur to shave, possibly even with scissors. The Targum Yonason, ...
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Shaving on eve of Lag B’omer

Why am I allowed to listen to music on the night of Lag B’omer, yet I have to wait for the following morning, or the day of lag b’omer to shave and take a haircut? Why can I not shave the night ...
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Heter, esp. from R' Moshe, for shaving with a machine?

I have asked this question to many people without every getting an answer. Perhaps someone on this forum has some information. All of the achronim that I have found, who address the issue in writing,...
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Is it permitted to trim but not shave pubic hair? [duplicate]

Is it permitted for a man to trim his armpit hair and pubic hair? I know shaving is not permissible under certain circumstances but would trimming be allowed?
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Why do the Chassidish community take bald haircuts if it's a biblical commandment to not have a bald head?

Devarim, chapter 14:1 בָּנִ֣ים אַתֶּ֔ם לַֽה׳ ﭏהֵיכֶ֑ם לֹ֣א תִתְגֹּֽדְד֗וּ וְלֹֽא־תָשִׂ֧ימוּ קָרְחָ֛ה בֵּ֥ין עֵֽינֵיכֶ֖ם לָמֵֽת: Rashi: בין עיניכם: אצל הפדחת. ובמקום אחר הוא אומר (ויקרא כא, ה) לא ...
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Is using hair removal cream on one's face a violation of "rounding one's beard?"

Would using a hair removal cream on one's face (such as Nair) be in violation of rounding the corners of one's beard? (Vayikra 19:27) Namely, would it be akin to use a razor (assur) OR more akin to ...
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Shaving hair off mole during the three weeks/sefira

In regards to shaving/haircutting prohibition during the three weeks and/or sefira does this include hair on a mole on the face?
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Why is a full haircut part of the Metzora's purification process?

Part of the purification process of a Metzora is a full haircut (Vayikra 14:9). וְהָיָה בַיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי יְגַלַּח אֶת־כָּל־שְׂעָרוֹ אֶת־רֹאשׁוֹ וְאֶת־זְקָנוֹ וְאֵת גַּבֹּת עֵינָיו וְאֶת־כָּל־...
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Non-medical N95 / KN95 / FFP2 masks, beards, shaving, Chol Ha'moed, and the Omer

Background information There's no longer a shortage of non-medical N95 / FFP2 masks. Anyone who wants enhanced protection against COVID can now get some. Despite some rumors to the contrary, these ...
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Is the pop-up trimmer on the back of an electric rotary shaver okay to use?

I follow the opinion that rotary shavers are okay to use because the way they shave is actually more similar to that of a scissor than of a razor. However, by that same opinion, or by the authorities ...
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Removing facial hair by laser treatment (for a man)

May a man remove his facial hair with a laser treatment? (that is the hairs that are normally ossur to remove by way of a razor.)
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Minhag of married women shaving during marriage

The custom for married women to shave their heads is, evidently, a fairly widespread custom that exists at least amongst (certain) Hasidim. I have heard a variety of supposed, non-authoritative ...
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Did the Shadal use a razor to shave his beard?

I have heard that the Shadal used a razor to remove his beard, justifying it for himself through the Ibn Ezra's interpretation of Vayikra 19:27 that the prohibition would only be for shaving the beard ...
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Understanding ט"ז in יורה דעה קפ"ב

Does anyone have any idea, what does the Taz in Yoreh Deah 182:1 mean? I see the Hagohas haTaz tries to elaborate, but I really don’t understand that either. Is he trying to differentiate between ...
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Body laser hair removal

I'm asking specifically for body hair removal by laser. I'm not talking about armpit hair, but rather chest and stomach hair. Is there any problem with it?
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Would a razor that doesn’t touch the skin be permissible?

I have seen Gillette has come out with a new razor that has as they call it a skin guard Skin Guard Razor in essence there is a piece of plastic between your face and the blade thus the shave is not ...
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Remove beard, but not sideburns?

How come it’s mutar to remove the beard but not the sideburns? The שלחן ערוך & רמב״ם both say they can be removed completely (with scissors or the like). So how come we only apply this halacha to ...
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Chazal rationale regarding shaving beard

How did our Sages come up with the halacha (or rather idea) that using scissors (or appliances that do not cut the root like most electric shavers) does not constitute 'destroying the corner of the ...
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Shaving or getting a haircut at night

A friend once told me that it's preferable to avoid shaving or getting a haircut at night. Is there actually anything to this (ie reason/ source etc) and should it be observed, or is it a bubbe meise?...
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Corner of a garment vs. corner of a field vs. corner of a face

Related to this question. Regarding the obligation to affix fringes, the Torah commands them to be attached to the corners (kanfei) of the clothing. But when it comes to our fields and our faces, the ...
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Where are the 5 corners of the beard?

In Vayikra 19:27, the Passuk says ולא תשחית את פאת זקנך - "and you shall not destroy the edge of your beard". I believe it says in Meseches Makkot (3:5) that this Passuk refers to 5 edges of the beard ...
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Halachic Hair Cut

I have a question in regards with cutting hair specifically in Conservative Judaism. Where cannot be shaved by a razor and where do sideburns have to reach up to. If someone could just give me the ...
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Shaving a head for Hair Transplant

Before a transplant of hair is performed there is a shaving of the head done, is that permitted?
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Is scissors vs. straight blade really a significant difference? [duplicate]

While listening to a presentation being given by an orthodox Jew, he made a comment about shaving, and how he had to use an electric razor past a certain point on his face. It was just a ...
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Why is a regular razor not allowed while some electric ones are permitted [duplicate]

According to this article it is not allowed to shave with a regular razor while it is allowed to use an electric razor as well as a depilatory (i.e., a chemical substance used to destroy the hair in ...
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Why is shaving with a regular razor not allowed?

I recently asked a friend why it was not permissible to shave with a regular razor and he said because it destroys the hair follicle. However the follicle sits further inside the skin where no razor ...
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Shave during sefirah for a business meeting?

Jews generally do not shave during the period of Sefirah (from Pesach to Shavuot) since this period is a period of mourning. If someone is meeting with a new propective client, what are the ...
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Shaving on Chol Hamoed

May a man shave his beard in a kosher manner on Chol Hamoed? (Sefira considerations aside)
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Is one allowed to shave on Chol HaMoed for Yom Tov? [duplicate]

Is one allowed to shave on the last day of Chol HaMoed, going into Yom Tov? Does it make a difference if Yom Tov itself goes directly into Shabbos (“three day Yom Tov”)? On the one hand: The Mechaber ...
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May One Shave On Thursday Night - When Lag Baomer Falls Out On Sunday [duplicate]

Because Lag Baomer falls out on Sunday, we are allowed to shave/haircut on Friday - Lekavod Shabbos (Rema-Orach Chayim 493:2) However, is one allowed to shave/haircut tonight (i.e. Thursday night), ...
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Is it permitted to shave during Sefirah for an engagement party?

The Mishnah Berurah (Orach Chayim 493:3) says that one may make an engagement party during sefirah. Is one permitted to shave in order to look presentable for the party?
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Are old-fashioned razors kosher?

Picture a razor, similar to the one shown below: It's a Merkur #180 model. If you can tell from the picture, the bottom part of the razor protects the skin against the blade. Nonetheless, the blade ...
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Which microfilm shavers are kosher?

I am getting ready for yom tov and got a new shaver, a braun series 7-740s. Does anyone know if those shavers are kosher? Should I return it?
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Jewish Barber, Gentile Customer

Is it halachically permissible for a Jewish barber to use a razor to shave a gentile customer's face?
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Shaved or Trimmed

וַהֲבֵאתָהּ, אֶל-תּוֹךְ בֵּיתֶךָ; וְגִלְּחָה, אֶת-רֹאשָׁהּ, וְעָשְׂתָה, אֶת-צִפָּרְנֶיהָ. In Deuteronmy 21:12, the JPS translates גלחה as “she shall trim her hair”. The entire verse translated in the JPS ...
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Growing a beard [closed]

So my question is this: I'm growing a beard. But, it's not going very fast. Everyone (even non-Jews) I talk to says beards grow faster if you shave them, but I'm not sure what the average Orthodox ...
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How long do you really need to keep your sideburns?

I've seen multiple sources that seem to indicate that one MUST keep his sideburns to either The bottom of the ear The bottom of the ear cartilage To the jaw bone, around the middle of the ear. When ...
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Is shaving with this kosher?

Is shaving with this laser shaver kosher? I don't keep a beard and not looking forward to keeping one at all but I don't use razors etc, only electric shaver etc. This "razor" uses a laser for "...
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Earliest Sources for Custom of Not Shaving from 17th of Tammuz

What are the earliest sources for the custom of not shaving from the 17th of Tammuz? The Shulchan Aruch (OC 551:3) only mentions this only in the week of the 9th of Av. שָׁבוּעַ שֶׁחָל בּוֹ ...
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Can one Shave the hair on his neck during Sefira?

During sfira (and the 3 weeks), I find that my neck gets extremely uncomfortable and itchy from not shaving (and not very presentable). Is it permissible to "clean up" or even out my beard by shaving ...
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Can we use nail-clippers to shave?

According to this article by Tzomet, it is forbidden for Jewish males to shave their beards with a razor; however, most electric shavers (with the possible exception of "lift and cut" shavers) are ...