As fellow writer Carla Naumburg and I have discussed both here on Kveller and also off-post, she and I are very different. We are also very much alike. Take her latest post about waxing her nether regions , for example: I too have never partaken in waxing. Seemed like a waste of time, a conformity that disgusted me I was a feisty feminist even at 14 , and an opportunity for blood where it was just not at all necessary. End of that story.
I have never prioritized shaving my legs. While getting dressed Saturday morning, my new tights ripped. Thinking nothing of it, I tossed them in the trash and grabbed my heels. I was going tight-less. Two hours later, sitting in the front row, I saw my brother, and dad laughing at me. As their giggles began to draw the attention of others around the sanctuary, I whispered to them, asking what was going on. For years, my teammates on both the basketball and cross-country teams have teased me for my prickly legs. Why was this any different?
The Talmud records that they were struck with a serious affliction because they did not respect one another Yevamot 62b. Later, after the Crusades, other Ashkenazic communities took on the custom of not getting haircuts during the Omer. This is also drawn from the prohibitions for the year of mourning, or avelut Arukh haShulhan , Orah Haim Maimonides, in his digest of the laws of mourning, ruled that a man was prohibited from cutting the hair on top of his head during the year of mourning, and wrote that shaving any hair on the body was a valid extension of that prohibition Hilkhot Avel However, Maimonides recognized that in some cases beards and long hair could be construed as inappropriate or disrespectful.
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