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19:27 Do not cut off the hair on the sides of your head.

Do not shave off the edges of your beard.
Lo takifu pe'at roshchem velo tashchit et-pe'at zekanecha.

19:28 Do not make gashes in your skin for the dead.

Do not make any tattoo marks on your skin. I am God.
Veseret lanefesh lo titnu bivesarchem uchtovet ka'aka lo titnu bachem ani Adonay.




Commentary:

cut off
  Some say that it is forbidden even to cut it off very close with a scissors (Tur, Yoreh Deah 181), while others maintain that the prohibition is primarily against shaving it off with a razor (Yad, Avodath Kokhavim 12:6). On the basis of this commandment, it is a Chassidic and Yemenite custom to let the side hair grow as long peyoth. This is based on Kabbalistic teachings (Shaar HaMitzvoth; Beth Lechem Yehudah on Yoreh Deah 181).

sides of your head
  This is the area of the temples and upper sideburns, between the forehead and behind the ear (Rashi, Makkoth 20a, s.v. chayav 20b, s.v. ha-mashveh; Yoreh Deah 181:9). Some translate this verse, 'do not round off the edges of your hair', indicating that the prohibition is against producing a tonsured effect by removing the hair on the sideburns and temples (Rashi). However, it is forbidden to cut off any hair in this area completely (Tosefta, Makkoth 4:4; Yoreh Deah 181:9).

shave off...
  with a razor (Makkoth 20a). However, some say that one should not even remove the beard with scissors or a depilatory, and from this is derived the prevalent custom of allowing the beard to grow.

Do not make gashes...
  As a sign of mourning (Kiddushin 35b; Yad, Avodath Kokhavim 12:12).

tattoo marks
  (See Sifethey Cohen, Yoreh Deah 180:1).





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