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Practical Parshah—Kedoshim
The Beard
A detailed explanation of how the commandment “Do not destroy the corners of your beard” (Lev. 19:27) is understood in various communities.
There was no one event that caused it to happen, but at the age of 55, after almost ten years to the day of my caring for, and feeding, my beard, I shaved it off...
The Las Vegas Metro Police Department settled for $350,000, and will allow Jewish officer Detective Steve Riback to wear a beard and cover his head.
Maimonides teaches that the reason the Torah forbade the destruction of the beard is because shaving was a practice of ancient idol-worshippers.
I have often wondered why many religious Jews have long hairy beards. Is this, like the kipah, a means of identifying oneself as a Jew or do the beards serve some other purpose?
Kabbalah teaches that hair is recognized for its spiritual power
Trimming facial hair has profound implications in the higher worlds
You shall not shave your beard with a razor
Leviticus 19:27 "Neither shall you mar the corners of your beard" As with the above Negative Mitzvah, Jewish men are cautioned against shaving their beards. This commandment applies to the use of a razor (or a utensil that is like a razor) in order to sha...
Examining questions raised by the opponents to Chassidism
Halachic Issues and the Chassidic Movement, Part 5
Thirteen Channels of Blessing
When Reb Berel Wiess, a successful businessman, asked the Rebbe for a blessing to have both wealth and Torah knowledge, the Rebbe told him that this particular blessing requires a special vessel which Reb Berel was yet to acquire. (1980's)
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