Well this post is not really about the hairstyles that are known as payos or payot. This is about how to follow,
Leviticus 19:27 MSG
“Don’t cut the hair on the sides of your head or trim your beard.
Leviticus 19:27 KJV
King James Version
Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.
Leviticus 19:27 CJB
Complete Jewish Bible
Don’t round your hair at the temples or mar the edges of your beard.
I included the Message in my pull, not because I endorse this horrible paraphrase of the NIV, but because in this instance it seems to have cut(no pun intended) right to the heart of the matter. Don’t cut your hair on the sides of your head…now I think this is for men because of the beard reference, but what does it mean not to cut the hair on the side of your head? The following is what the halacha boils down to:
A good friend shared both the reference and the idea that anything more than this “how to” is Hiddur Mitzvah, to make a mitzvah more beautiful or grand.
My intention with this post is not to discuss whether we should or shouldn’t keep this commandment, my intention is to determine how. I have always loved such simple halacha, that lays out so succinctly the how to. Today I took my boys in for their regular haircut discussed with the barber what I needed and walked out feeling like “Wow, that was easy!”