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Why do chassidic men cut their hair short?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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a. According to Kabbalah, hair should be as short as possible.

b. Long hair, and hair styles, normally stem from (and lead to) vanity. Chassidim try not to focus so much on their appearances (although it is obviously important to be neat and presentable).

c. Long hair can be a Halachic problem because it can constitute a separation between the head and the teffilin (see Be'ur Halachah on Orach Chayim, ch. 27).


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Jewish Law. All halachah which is applicable today is found in the Code of Jewish Law.
Pertaining to Jewish Law.
(Pl.: Chassidim; Adj.: Chassidic) Following the teachings of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), the founder of "Chassidut." Chassidut emphasizes serving G-d with sincerity and joy, and the importance of connecting to a Rebbe (saintly mentor).
Jewish mysticism. The word Kaballah means "reception," for we cannot physically perceive the Divine, we merely study the mystical truths which were transmitted to us by G-d Himself through His righteous servants.