Many Orthodox Jewish men wear curls on the sides of their heads to be in accordance with an interpretation of a verse in the Torah that prohibits shaving the "corners" of the head. These curled locks are called peyos. They may be worn quite short as long as they are not shaved or removed completely; however, many men prefer to wear them long to distinguish themselves from non-Jews.Know More
The injunction against shaving the peyos is found in the Torah: "You shall not round off the peyos of your head" (Leviticus 19:27). According to Rabbi Shraga Simmons, the peyos also serve several other purposes. Firstly, they prevent the wearer from becoming too occupied with how he looks, leading to the sin of vanity. They also serve as a symbolic separation of the front part of the brain that governs abstract and religious thought and the back part of the brain that controls the earthly functions of the body.
According to Rabbi Joseph Kolakowski, different sects of Judaism wear different styles of peyos. Hasidic Jews wear their peyos in distinctive curls, while some groups like the Belz and Ger let their peyos grow out straight and then tuck the hair behind their ear or underneath their yarmulke.Learn more about Judaism
Not all Jewish women shave their heads, but the Hasidic Jewish women shave their heads once they are married because hair is considered to be equivalent to nudity, and it is a sin not to shave for those women in the Hasidic Jewish tradition. Hasidism means "pious ones" in the Hebrew religion, and Hasidic Jews are a specific movement that is a part of the Orthodox Judaic religion.Full Answer >
The primary holy book of the Jewish faith is known as the Torah, which comprises the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy; these are also the first five books of the Old Testament of the Christian Bible, although "Old Testament" is not a term that followers of the Jewish faith typically apply to the Torah. The Torah can also be known as the Pentateuch, and it is accompanied by holy texts such as the Talmud, an authoritative book of biblical interpretations and Jewish oral traditions. According to Jewish religious tradition, God gave the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai.Full Answer >
The traditional view in Judaism and Christianity is that Moses wrote the Book of Leviticus along with the other four books that comprise the Torah and Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The only exception is the final eight verses of Deuteronomy, which concern Moses' death and burial.Full Answer >
The 613 commandments refers to a series of commandments, or mitzvot, that are specified in the Torah, which is the major holy text of Judaism. These include 365 negative commandments, or things that shouldn't be done, and 248 positive commandments, or things that should be done. The 613 mitzvot also include the Ten Commandments that are found in the Book of Exodus in the Bible.Full Answer >