Orthodox Jews Answer Commonly Googled Questions

Serach, Tiki, and Yoni answer some of your commonly asked questions about Judaism and Jews.

Comments (9)

(8) Lydia Sugarman, October 16, 2021 7:28 PM

So one sided

These three portrayed living an Orthodox life seem so rosy and normal. We all know this is not always the case.

(7) Mrs L, October 15, 2021 5:59 AM

Great job to all three!

Very nice answers to each of them. The editing about kitchens and aluminum foil made it unclear that it's just a Pesach thing.

(6) cary, October 13, 2021 1:37 PM


beatuiful movie spent long time

(5) Tikvah, October 12, 2021 2:27 PM

Love this

I think this has value. Keep the videos coming.

(4) Elyah, October 12, 2021 2:10 PM

Nicely done

Very nicely done. I hope this video gets a lot of views.

(3) diemue, October 12, 2021 12:25 PM


Not a lot to say: all three people were great! Thanks!

(2) Yisrael, October 12, 2021 12:10 PM

Orthodox Jews have Beards

Doesn't it say that Orthodox Jews should grow beards?

Elyah, October 12, 2021 2:07 PM

about beards, the long and short of it!

To answer your question:

There is a mitzvah not to shave the "corners" of one's beard with a razor. They can be "shaven" by other means, though. There are electric "shavers" today -- some, not all -- that technically work more like scissors, so there's nothing wrong to "shave" with them.

Throughout the ages, the exact definition of what the "corners" are has become blurred, so we are generally careful not to shave any part of our beards with a razor.

There are mystical sources that say not to cut one's beard at all, but it's certainly not prohibited, and it's not for everyone to live by these mystical sources.

This is in contrast with the mitzvah not to cut the "corners" of the head -- sidelocks, peyos (which also includes part of the sideburns). There is a widespread custom to grow them long, and Chassidim have the custom even to curl them. Nevertheless, by the strict letter-of-the-law, the mitzvah is not to cut them off down to the skin -- and for this, it doesn't matter if a person uses a razor or any other method.

A final note, these two mitzvos apply only to men. so, if a woman happened to grow some whiskers (happens, doesn't it?) she could use a razor if she wanted to for removing the hairs (though laser removal is probably a better option!). Also, if a woman would for some reason want to shave the sides of her head, it would be permitted.

(1) Ash, October 5, 2021 3:43 PM

Kol hakovod

Well done to the people involved.


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