What is a Jewish beard?


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A Jewish beard has deep roots in Jewish culture, according to the Torah and in the Kabbalah. The Torah forbids the use of a razor. Trimming or shaving with other tools is allowed as long as the beard is not shaved smooth.

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What is a Jewish beard?
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The traditional Jewish beard is now worn primarily by followers of Chabad Chassidim, who practice a strict, traditional Judaism and subscribe to prohibitions on the "destruction" of the beard more stringently. The teachings of the Torah associate shaving with ancient idol worshippers.

Until the mid-19th century, most European Jews, especially Eastern European, wore beards. Under the influence of modern enlightenment ideas, most Jewish men came to believe that beards lent a backwards or old-fashioned look inappropriate to assimilation. Chassidim, adhering to a strict and traditional Judaism, however, clings to the Jewish beard.

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