Rabbis in the haredi town of Kiryat Sefer have ruled recently that the use of electric razors is prohibited by the Torah.

The rabbis, whose convention marked the beginning of the yeshiva students’ summer break, have prohibited the use of electric shaving machines because the gadgets pull out hair by its roots, which is considered a violation of Jewish law.

The religious leaders decided that any store that chooses to sells the non-kosher electric razors would be required to refund the buyers’ money.

Following the decision, Kiryat Sefer Rabbi even ventured to send out a list of prohibited haircuts to barbershops across town.

Furthermore, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Ullman, who heads the town court, has ordered all barbers in the city to brush up on the Jewish laws that pertain to shaving. The rabbi said that only hairdressers who pass the test on these rules would be certified kosher — an odd development, considering that barbershops are yet to require kosher certification.

Source: Ynet News


  1. This is not new news. In Nisan of 5768, the greatest poskim and roshei yeshiva of our generation issued a Psak Din that all shaving machines which leave the face smooth are halachically equivalent to a razor (not because the uproot the hair, but rather) because they do not leave over any hair. The Psak Din cites that this was the opinion of the Chofetz Chaim (in whose time shaving machines were invented), the Chazon Ish, the Steipler Gaon, Rav Schach, etc. The Psak Din was signed by 34 poskim and roshei yeshiva, including Rav Elyashiv zt’l (who wrote that today’s electric shavers are much more severe than the hand machines prohibited by the Chofetz Chaim), Rav Noson Tzvi Finkel zt’l, Rav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz zt’l, Rav Aharon Leib Steinman shlita, Rav Shmuel Halevi Wosner shlita (who attested that this was the opinion of the Chazon Ish), Rav Nisan Karelitz shlita, Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlita, Rav Shmuel Auerbach shlita (Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt’l wrote that all close cutting shavers are an “issur chomer”).

    For an English translation of the Psak Din see http://koshershaver.info/pdf/Kol_Koreh_(English)2.pdf or see KTAV’s “The Beard in Jewish Law”.


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