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Halacha - Shaving
Submitted by Elie  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

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