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Did the Ramchal have a beard?

The Ramchal's beardless face is referenced in several letters among the Italian rabbinic communities of the 18th century, all of which are part of the general controversy that escalated after the ...
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Source for taking an oath on beard and payos

I found the source I was looking for ,it is from the Chofetz Chaim in his Kuntres Tiferes Adam (on the issur of shaving ). He writes that he remembers that when a Jew took a vow he would do so with ...
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Jewish thoughts on people who can not grow a beard (due to genetic reasons)

Answer to Q.What does Jewish thought say about people with little to no beards? “You shall not round off the corner of your head, and you shall not destroy the edge of your beard.” Leviticus 19:27. ...
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What is the stance of Sephardi Poskim on electric shavers?

The pamphlet makes a great case but it overstates it a bit. Yabia Omer 9:10 speaks for itself. Initially Rav Ovadia believed it was asur but seeing that the minhag of tremendous segments of klal ...
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Chazal rationale regarding shaving beard

You ascertained: 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 ...
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If having a beard is potentially dangerous to life, should a Jew shave it off?

Anesthesiologist here: Beards aren't a problem for a ventilator. They make my job harder when I have to mask ventilate someone before putting in a breathing tube, but since we've stopped mask ...
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Did the Ramchal have a beard?

The first source saying that Ramchal “did not let his beard grow” was his early teacher and later critic Rabbi Yosef Ergas. See here for a translation of the quote: https://books.google.com/books?id=...
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Is it permissible to shape the beard with a razor?

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 ...
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Chazal rationale regarding shaving beard

TL;DR: It would seem to depend on whether one is of the opinion that gilu’ach ("shaving") & hashchasah ("destroying the hair") are prohibited regardless of the device used (ie ...
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If having a beard is potentially dangerous to life, should a Jew shave it off?

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner in his new pamphlet Keser Yitnu Lecha (COVID-19 in Haskafa and Halacha) was asked as to whether a paramedic who has an order from his employer to shave his beard should do so in ...
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If having a beard is potentially dangerous to life, should a Jew shave it off?

This question is "consult your Rabbi" question. That being said, During six-days war, soldiers were asked to shave their beards so gas-masks will fit better. Rabbi Shlomo Goren resisted that ,and it ...
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Remove beard, but not sideburns?

You are misquoting!!!! Regarding sideburns that Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah 181) says that there is an opinion that one may not use scissors that cut the hair very short, and one should act in this ...
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Are there any halakhic concerns with mustache wax?

Waxing to shave is permitted in general, see e.g., here from R Zev Farber According to the halacha [...] it is forbidden for a man to shave off the hair of his temples or to shave off the corners ...
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Razor used by Leviyim, Nezirim and Lepers

The gemara you reported in Nazir 40a taught that Leviim, Nazir and Metsora have a mitsva to shave with a blade(1). This is a Mitsvat asse, the Mitsvat asse pushes out the mitsvat lo taasse, the ...
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Jewish thoughts on people who can not grow a beard (due to genetic reasons)

I wouldn't obsess over it. The Talmud Sanhedrin 100b is seeking to prove that the book of Ben Sirach doesn't belong in the Jewish Bible because some of its ideas are silly and wrong. What's the ...
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Plucking Hair For Men

Many Orthodox Jews, including Hasidism, refrain from cutting their beards altogether, and, with the exception of occasionally trimming their mustaches when they interfere with eating, never cut their ...
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What to do with beard hair that falls out?

In addition to the previous answers, I have heard (I will try to add sources when possible) that it is not recommended to put them in a Sefer that does not belong to you, as it is repulsive to the ...
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Being more stringent than your Rebbe

When I was in the conversion process all new comers to shul will think I was the shul's Rabbi as I habe a natural beard but his was trimmed. Of course the impression wouldn't last as my lack of ...
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