What are the actions of forbidden facial hair removal? The Mishna does not offer a practical explanation of these actions. Do these terms refer to the cutting of hair using different types of shaving implements, or do these actions refer to different degrees of hair removal using the same shaving implement? As mentioned earlier, there are varied opinions amongst the Poskim as to which shaving instruments are permitted to be used to cut a particular area of hair growth. The Shulchan Aruch says we should take a stringent rather than lenient position with scissor-like instruments. Therefore, scissors would be the only permissible shaving instrument to trim the temple area.
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? There is more to the beard than just identifying as a Jew. According to Kabbalah the beard should not even be trimmed, but should be allowed to grow freely.
Hi, due to an hormonal imbalance associated with perimenopause I have a very noticeable beard. Not a perfect solution, but it is better than nothing. My question is two fold, firstly, would it be permissible for me to shave on Shabbos or during the three weeks? The beard is very noticble and very embarassing, and while my husband is very understanding, I hide away on Shabbos so that no one will see me. Secondly, is shaving the beard, itself forbidden I use an electric razor because this is a manly act.