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Why don't Chassidic men shave?

by Rabbi Mendy Hecht

A. Negative Mitzvah #44 states that one should not shave. However, there is wiggle room in Halachah.

It is forbidden for a man to shave his face with a razor.1 There are a few electric shavers which some Halachic authorities permit using since they rule that their mechanism does not qualify as a razor.

Speak to your local Orthodox Rabbi to ascertain whether your shaving method meets the requirements of Halachah.

B. According to the Zohar, the beard is considered to be a channel of holiness and blessing and is therefore not to be shaven or trimmed by any method.


  • 1. Leviticus 19:27.

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Mitzvot » Prohibitions
Chassidism » Chassidic Behavior

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