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Shaving Body Hair

Question:

What is the halacha regarding a man shaving his body (legs, chest etc.) hair? Is there a difference between using a razor or a depilatory cream?

Answer:

Hello,

In general, a man should not shave the above mentioned places, as this is considered an act done by women (Shulchan Aruch Y:D 182 end of se’if 1). However, in cases of need (צער), there are times when it is allowed as certain leniencies apply. The exact halacha would depend very much on the specific circumstances. Please feel free to include more details for further discussion.

All the best

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