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Beards in Halacha

Question:

Hi,

It seems clear that there is a prevalent custom among Jewish men to have beards.

Question 1) Is there a source for this?
Question 2) Is there any difference between why some keep it short while other never cut it?

Thanks.

Answer:

The reason is partially because there is negative transgression to cut certain parts of ones beard with a razor, and by growing a beard, this won’t happen. Another reason is because there is a Jewish look to it.

The reason some people don’t cut their beard at all is for kabalah reasons and not because of halachic ones. See Beer Heitiv Y:D  181-5.

Sources:

 

Yaaros Devash 1- pg. 68b, 72b, MIshnas Yosef drasho 113 for other reasons,  Livushei Mordichai Y:D 99

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