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Is using hair removal cream on one's face a violation of "rounding one's beard?"

This is a can of such powder (cream) that Jews would use on the Lower East Side around 100 years ago. If you look closely you will see that it says Mutar based off the teshuva of the Noda B'Yehuda, YD ...
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Did the Shadal use a razor to shave his beard?

Shadal himself admits to this in a letter to Shlomo Yehuda Rapaport published in Igrot Shadal Volume II p.246: ואני גם כי אינני מאוהביו כבר קיבלתי פירושו (נגד ההלכה) בפסוק לא תקיפו פאת ראשכם שאינו ...
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Is using hair removal cream on one's face a violation of "rounding one's beard?"

It is permitted to use depilatory cream (but not on Shabbat). R Jack Abramowitz writes The Torah only prohibits using a razor to cut the corners of the beard. There are five such corners and ...
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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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Did the Shadal use a razor to shave his beard?

In the course of my translating Shadal’s perush on Vayikra, I have given a good deal of thought to this difficult issue. Here are some of my conclusions: Before criticizing Shadal, it is important ...
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Minhag of married women shaving during marriage

These are vey good questions and I do not have all the answers, but one thing I wish to clarify as this misconception is quite widespread: this custom was not invented by Hassidim. In fact, this ...
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Can men have women shave their peyot/beard

Straight Shulchan Aruch, Yorah De'ah 181:6: אשה אינה במצות הקפה וי"א שאף על פי שמותרת להקיף פאת ראשה אסורה להקיף פאת ראש האיש ואפילו הוא קטן: A woman is not included in the mitzvah of rounding, ...
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Is using hair removal cream on one's face a violation of "rounding one's beard?"

Pischei Tshuva in Yoreh Deah 181 #5 brings opinions that it is allowed, warning however, not to scrape the application off with a knife. אבל במשיחה הנעשה כעין טיח טיט והחריפות שבו שורף השער מותר ...
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Why is shaving with a regular razor not allowed?

I don't think your friend is correct that standard razors are forbidden because they destroy the hair follicle. Proof is that plucking (pulling) hair manually is allowed despite pulling out the ...
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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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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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Jewish Barber, Gentile Customer

Wikipedia's article on הקפת הראש והשחתת הזקן says: מחמת האיסור על המסתפר, אסור להסתפר גם על ידי גוי. מאידך, לרוב הדעות מותר ליהודי לגלח את פיאותיו של גוי, או של אשה, מאחר שהמסתפר אינו חייב ...
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Why do the Chassidish community take bald haircuts if it's a biblical commandment to not have a bald head?

The Shulchan Aruch Y"D 180 states that the issur is only if its over the death of a loved one. However the Bais Yosef and the Bach have a disagreement if there is an issur (just no malkus) if it ...
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Shaving the beard

I've edited the question to include the text of Orchos Yosher. I believe that Rav Chaim's point is much narrower. He is not trying to prove from this that cutting with a scissors is forbidden. Rather, ...
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Is using hair removal cream on one's face a violation of "rounding one's beard?"

This is already mentioned by the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 170:2 as being permitted with the caveat of not using something sharp as a scraper. וְאוֹתָן שֶׁמְּסִירִין שְׂעַר הַזָּקָן עַל יְדֵי מִשְׁחָה ...
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Which microfilm shavers are kosher?

Based on Koshershaver.org, there is a very, very, good chance that your braun 7-740s, as well as any other microfilm shaver, poses a halachic issue, and you should replace it with something else. ...
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May Jews remove nose hair or eyelashes during Sefirat Ha’Omer

Refer to this respons at Dinonline.org: Essentially the minhag not to cut hair applies to all hair of the body and not only to facial hair. However it is permitted for a woman to tweeze unsightly ...
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Shaving on Chol Hamoed

The Tur in Orach Chaim 531 quotes Rabbeinu Tam who opines that one who shaved before the moed may shave on chol hamoed as well. The Tur strongly disagrees and seemingly all subsequent authorities were ...
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Kosher Electric Shavers

In a recent book on the topic (The Halachic Haircutting Handbook: A Breakthrough Exposure of an Obscure Mitzvah by R Chaim and Binyamin Jachter), the authors conclude that almost all electric shavers ...
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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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Is it permitted to shave during Sefirah for an engagement party?

Both the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (120) and the Aruch Hashulchan (493) allow the Mohel and the father of the baby to shave and have a haircut the afternoon before the Bris. Neither of them mentions this ...
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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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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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Understanding ט"ז in יורה דעה קפ"ב

Good question, it takes a real effort to understand what he meant First, you should read the sources that the T"Z talks about! At the end of the last chapter, the T"Z quotes the Beis Yossef the ...
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Understanding ט"ז in יורה דעה קפ"ב

The Taz refers to a disagreement reported by the Tur between Rabenu Tam and others regarding shaving the body with a blade and with scissors. The Tur; העברת תער בשאר הגוף ובית השחי ובית הערוה,‏...
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Understanding ט"ז in יורה דעה קפ"ב

It had just stated that for a man to shave his underarms or pubic area would be prohibited as a gender-bending practice. The Taz's reading of the next line is "she'ar" -- but one may shave any other ...
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Shaving hair off mole during the three weeks/sefira

Found this question posed on https://dinonline.org/2018/04/22/cutting-other-hair-during-sefira/ Here is the text Essentially the minhag not to cut hair applies to all hair of the body and not only to ...
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Shaving on eve of Lag B’omer

Rabbi Dovid Feinstein did in fact consider it a contradiction and he used the fact that people celebrate with music at night as a proof that the majority begin their celebration of the holiday on the ...
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Shaving the beard

Welcome to Mi Yodeya! Using scissors does not violate the aveirah of Ba'al Tashchis, which refers to shaving one's beard. The sources you quote say there may be other problems, such as appearing ...
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Shaving on eve of Lag B’omer

As far as I can tell, both are technically not appropriate to do until the day time, but we make an exception for music and permit it at night because it is observed as a festive day celebrating Rabbi ...
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