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Rabbi: Electric razors not kosher

Religious leaders in haredi town rule that use of electric razors constitutes violation of Jewish law, send out lists of prohibited haircuts to barbers

Moshe Heller
Published: 08.19.12, 06:47 / Israel Jewish Scene

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.


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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.



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