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 >
Hasidic Jewish men wear their unique sidecurls as a way of preserving an aspect of Hebrew culture. In addition to their distinctive hairstyles, Hasidic Jews of both genders typically wear styles which were historically popular among Jewish people throughout Europe.Full Answer >
The most holy book of Judaism is called the Torah. It is part of the Jewish Bible, called the Tanakh, which includes the Torah and other important documents of history, poetry and writings of the prophets.Full Answer >
The three main principles of faith in Judaism are belief in a single, incorporeal and eternal god who created the entire universe; a set of moral principles that require people to treat one another with dignity and love, and ensure justice and equality; and the worship of a single god in prayer, study and adherence to the commandments set out in the Torah. The religion has 13 basic principles.Full Answer >