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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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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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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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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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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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Shaving on Chol Hamoed

May a man shave his beard in a kosher manner on Chol Hamoed? (Sefira considerations aside)
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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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Trimming or Shaving the Moustache

Are there any halachic or kabbalistic reasons to forbid (or avoid) trimming or shaving one's moustache? I am defining "shaving" as cutting until there is no visible hair remaining, and "trimming" as ...
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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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Kosher Electric Shavers

Which electric shavers are halakhically acceptable for shaving a man's beard?
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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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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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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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What's considered shaving?

During periods of mourning, such as Sefirat Haomer and the three weeks prior to Tisha B'av, shaving is prohibited. What is considered shaving and what is allowed? May you pluck out a few hairs here ...
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Heter for shaving during the week of Tisha B'Av for work reasons

Is there any posek who allows shaving during shavua shechal bo (the week in which Tisha B'Av falls, up to Tisha B'Av itself) if, by not shaving, one may lose his job? R' Moshe Feinstein allows shaving ...
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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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Can we use hair clippers?

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 ...
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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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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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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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Clean Cut Nazir?

Can a Nazir cut the hairs on his face?
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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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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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How we can we mutar shaving?

It says in sefer vayikra in perek יט posuk כז, "You shall not round off the corner of your head, and you shall not destroy the edge of your beard." Now I shave my face because many poskim have made ...
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Shave/Haircuts during the 3 weeks

What are the reasons why a person may be able shave and/or haircut (two biiiits!- sorry, just had to) during the three weeks? Please use sources.
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Shaving pubic hair during sefira

Are men and women permitted to shave pubic hair during sefira? (Obviously only regarding a situation in that it is already permitted for the subject to shave his/her pubic hair during the year)
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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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Shaving in Honor of Shabbos During Sefirah

I was wondering if any of the Poskim deal with whether one can shave his beard in honor of Shabbos during Sefirah. Do they? As always, please cite your sources.
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Why was Rabbi Moshe Feinstein skeptical about allowing lift and cut shavers?

From Koshershaver.org It is important to mention that Rav Moshe Feinstein was very skeptical about permitting the use of a lift and cut shaver when it was first shown to him in his later years. One ...
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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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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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When the first of the 3 days of hagbalah is Sunday, are haircuts permitted the Friday before? [duplicate]

When lag b’omer fell on a Sunday, it was permitted to take a haircut on the Friday before for the honour of Shabbos. This year the first day of the three days of hagbalah also falls on Sunday and ...
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Nazir: shaving on the start of the vow

I read that a nazir would shave his hair just prior to taking the vow because of a decree of the sages. Is it true? What is the source for this information?
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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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Wait to be told one's unkempt after 9 Av?

I have heard (from people for whom it's been relevant) that someone who may not shave or cut his hair because he is in mourning for a relative, and whose period of mourning ends, nonetheless waits to ...
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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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Is it permissible to shave for business purposes after Shiva but during shloshim?

Is one allowed to shave after shiva (7 days of mourning for deceased) if one is concerned about seeing clients at work? Most authorities say that one should wait 30 days before shaving.
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What types of hair - and whose hair - are included in mourning-related hair-cutting prohibitions?

When there are hair-cutting prohibitions (or restrictions) for mourning-related practices, what types of hair are included? Is it just hair on the top of one's head and/or facial hair? Do the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do the restrictions start at night or day? [duplicate]

Do the restrictions for the three weeks (music, haircuts, shaving, etc.) begin by sundown before the fast (17 Tammuz), or at the start of the fast (morning of 17 Tammuz)?
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Are epilators halachically allowed?

I just read on wikipedia that epilators were invented on a kibbutz in Israel. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epilator An epilator is a device that plucks hair out from the root. Would it be OK for a ...
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