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Halacha - Shaving
Submitted by Elie  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I was always under the impression that shaving, as long as not done with a straight edged razor, would be mutar (except for some opinions about lift and cut). However, I have recently "uncovered" a whole bunch of new information, including letters from the gedolim of the last generation as well as this one that it is completely assur, and not just one or two, but many, including the Chazon Ish, the Chofetz Chaim, Rav Shteinman, Rav Shternbach and more. Plus, they don't say this as a chumra, but rather as the CLEAR HALACHA. I am confused as to how the minhag ha olam, at least in the yeshivishe velt is to be meikal. I know that R Moshe is matir, but it seems like he is a da'as yachid. Plus, when reading these letters, one can become truly frightened by the severity of this prohibition, compared by one gadol even to chillul shabbos R"L. Finally, if it is somehow mutar, then what would be the halachic guidelines to such a thing regarding lift and cut, and different types of shavers. Thank you!

There is a long standing machlokes on this issue with many great Poskim permitting elactric shavers and many other great Poskim fobidding them. Each person should follow his Posek, and the Litvishe Poskim in America have consistantly permitted many electric shavers. I will point out that while the Chofetz Chaim in sefer Likutei Halachos on Maseches Makkos does forbid shaving with a "machineka", the sefer was printed 15 years before the invention of the mechanincal shaver and he was presumably refering to the safety razor that was just becoming popular in that time period.

I am not familiar with all the current models of shavers, but my understanding is that according to the Poskim who permit shaving, the microscreen are not a problem and the rotary are only a problem if they are lift-and-cut.

posted:2008-08-07 01:41:55

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