Does one need to wash his hands after shaving, as one does after a haircut?

Answer:

A shave is generally considered as a haircut for all intents and purposes, and we therefore find that the Rivevos Efraim (4:5, citing from Rav Baruch Yitzchak Levine, and from Rav Pesach Eliyahu Falk) rules that netilas yadayim is required after shaving.

However, Shut Divrei Chachamim (1:8) cites from Rav Moshe Feinstein that there is no need for netilas yadayim after shaving. The reason appears to be that the idea of washing hands after a haircut is because a haircut is considered something “dirty” on account of the sweat on one’s scalp, a shave is certainly different in this regard to a haircut.

Therefore, there is room to be lenient in this matter.

2 Responses to “Netilas Yadayim after Shaving”

  1. When they asked the sar hatorah, the gadol hador, Maran Rav Chaim shlita if you need to wash after shaving, he answered: ‘it is forbidden to shave!’

    (Responsa of Rav Kanievsky Shlita published in sefer Ishei Yisroel, pg. 717

    • True that is the shita of the Chazon Ish, however the minhag of the yeshivos, especally the litvish is that it is permitted.

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