Thursday, May 9, 2024

GOYISHE MINHAG

 

           

                       
הלכה ולא למעשה


NOT SHAVING DURING SEFIRA - GOYISHE MINHAG

The Mekubal & Doctor, Harav Moshe Dovid Valla
(
תלמיד of the רמח"ל)
claims that not shaving or trimming the beard during
אבילות, and ספירה is a Goyishe Minhag.

"Only by Goyim, since they all shave during the year,
so refraining from shaving shows
אבילות.

For Yidden, since they have been growing beards during
the year, therefore, letting it grow during
ספירה is not a
form of
אבילותChazal didn't have beards in mind 
when they said not to cut the hair during that period.


However, since the masses don't shave their beards
during the  
ספירה, we should condone it and come up
with the reason, it's done to be
ממתיק הדינים (sweeten
& lighten the harsh judgments) of the long hair*."


The שו"ת חתם סופר יו"ד שמ"ח  too, claims the Poskim's
intention was only for the hair of the head and not
the beard.


* Kabbalistic
 

 

 

 

 

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