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Kislev 15, 5774

Gentiles and Razors

Rabbi Yoel Lieberman

Is it permissible for a gentile to shave a Jew’s face with a straight razor?

No it is forbidden. It is explicit in Shulcan Aruch Yoreh De'ah (181:4). The prohibition is not only when one does to himself or another Jew but even to be passively shaved in a forbidden way by one who is not under the prohibition, such as a gentile.

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