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Can a bald person be a Nazir?

Rambam, Hilchos Nezirus 8:5: נזיר ממורט אינו צריך להעביר תער ואע"פ שאין לו שער או שאין לו כפים הרי זה מקריב קרבנותיו וישתה ויטמא ואם הביא קרבנותיו ולא גלח ראשו אין התגלחת מעכבת A bald nazirite ...
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Why is a full haircut part of the Metzora's purification process?

The Sefer Hachinuch in mitzva 174 writes: משרשי המצוה. קצת מן הטעם שאמרנו למעלה (מצוה קעג) במים כדי שיראה האדם כאלו היום נברא והיום מתחיל שערו לצמח ויחדש מעשיו לטוב, A partial explanation of the root ...
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Can/may a kohen gadol become a nazir?

In המתיבתא - 2001 תשס"א אייר there is an article by Rav Matisyohu Blum who asks your question as follows: יש מקשים. איך יתכן שיהיה כהן גדול נזיר; הלוא מבואר בסנהדרין(כב:) דכהן גדול מסתפר מערב שבת ...
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May a Jew give another Jew a not-kosher haircut?

Makkot 20b: אחד המקיף ואחד הניקף לוקה both the one who rounds and the one who is rounded are lashed The Gemara is then troubled how someone who is rounded is lashed and gives a few possible ...
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Earliest Sources for Custom of Not Shaving from 17th of Tammuz

The Rama himself actually forbids haircuts starting on the 17th of Tammuz (ShA OC 551:4). In his Darkei Moshe, he cites Minhagim Tirna on Tammuz (written ~1400 CE) which mentions this custom.
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Are women allowed to have a boy short haircut?

The Shulchan Aruch writes that it is forbidden for a woman to get a haircut like a man (literally, to shave her head like a man). The Shulchan Aruch also writes, earlier, that even though the halochoh ...
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Haircuts on lag beomer for those keeping the second half of sefira?

Rama OC 493:3 בהרבה מקומות נוהגים להסתפר עד ראש חדש אייר, ואותן לא יספרו מל"ג בעומר ואילך, אעפ"י שמותר להסתפר בל"ג בעומר בעצמו. ואותן מקומות שנוהגין להסתפר מל"ג בעומר ואילך, לא ...
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Can/may a kohen gadol become a nazir?

In Talmud Menochos 100a and Nozir 48b, both R' Akiva and R' Yishmael hold that a Nazir who is also a (Cohen) Cohen Gadol, may become impure for the sake of burying an unattended corpse (Mes Mitzvah). ...
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Giving haircuts during Sefira

Some say at the time which you hold of sefira one may not give haircuts to others who do not refrain from certain activities in that time (Piskei Shmuos page 60, Doleh U’mashka page 193). Others are ...
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Halachic Hair Cut

Based on my experience, the general stance on Lev. 19:27 ("you shall not round the corners of your heads") in Conservative communities is that it's not observed, and left to the individual ...
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What did the haircut of Ben Elasha look like?

ShamanSTK showed me the following from the Hebrew Stiensaltz Talmud which claims that it is a Machlokes Rishonim of what it actually looked like. That being said I would like to verify if what is ...
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Shaved or Trimmed

Giluach is shaving The word is used in Nazir in Metsora (lepers) parashiot. Shaving is admitted as not beautyfull for a women, see Mishna in nazir. 4, 5. A husband can stop the Nezirut of the wife, ...
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Haircuts on 5 Iyar?

R' Eliezer Melamed discusses this in the Zmanim volume of פניני הלכה. He writes that the generally accepted approach to all of the minhagim of avielut of the omer is to be lenient with those things ...
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May a Jew give another Jew a not-kosher haircut?

Shulchan Aruch (YD 181:5) states that one who cuts the sideburns of a child is liable for violating this mitzvah. Obviously then, one who cuts the sideburns of an adult would also be liable. Rema ...
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King's haircut, every hair the same length?

Sanhedrin 22b discusses the haircut of a Kohen Gadol, which should be 'rosho shel zeh b'tzad ikaro shel zeh'. (I'm not translating as I don't fully understand what this means.) I am unaware of any ...
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Is the line for which Peyos begin different for each individual?

Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De'ah 181.1 פאות הראש הם שתים סוף הראש הוא מקום חיבורו ללחי מימין ומשמאל:‏ The peot (borders) of the head are two: the place of the temporomandibular joint. It's not ...
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Are women allowed to have an alternative lifestyle haircut?

I really can't see an issue here. There's a discussion of a woman getting "a man's haircut", but that's not what this is. There is a Talmudic concept of chashad -- don't do things that will ...
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Shaving or getting a haircut at night

Kaf Hachaim (493:28) presents a discussion in the context of cutting hair on Lag Baomer. He does present a stringent opinion which forbids it all year round, and certainly during the days of Sefirah. ...
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Haircuts on lag beomer for those keeping the second half of sefira?

Cutting hair after lag bomer Rabbi David Sperling from Yeshiva University states that Ashkenazim can cut their hair during the day of lag baomer but not the previous night. Others, however, start ...
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Can one get their hair cut by someone of the other gender?

According to dinonline and their sources below, "it is not permitted for a man to receive a haircut from a woman. Because the need for a haircut is not considered a state of “illness”, and because ...
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