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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora

209 - A NAZIRITE SHAVING


Numbers 6:58 -- “All the days of the vow of his separation no razor shall come upon his head; until the days are fulfilled for which he separated himself to the LORD, he shall be holy. Then he shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.”

The Mishnah says: “Three things are forbidden to the Nazirite: uncleanness, shaving of the hair, and drinking anything that comes from the vine. Greater stringency attaches to uncleanness and shaving of the hair than to the products of the vine, in that uncleanness and shaving make the days already fulfilled of no effect, whereas the products of the vine do not. Greater stringency attaches to the products of the vine than to uncleanness and shaving, in that the products of the vine admit of no exception from the general prohibition; whereas uncleanness and shaving are permitted, exceptionally, as in a case where shaving is a religious duty (if the Nazirite has been a leper) or where a meth mitzvah has to be buried. Greater stringency attaches to uncleanness than to shaving, in that uncleanness renders void the whole of the days fulfilled, and entails the offering of a sacrifice, whereas shaving renders void only thirty days and does not entail a sacrifice.”*

* Nazir 44a

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