The Literal Commandment
You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard. (Leviticus 19:27)
The LITV translates it this way:
You shall not round the edge of your head, nor mar the edge of your beard. (Leviticus 19:27 LITV)
The literal commandment is that we should not round off the side-growth of our heads.
Footnotes1. Payot, Wikipedia, taken 9/19/2011 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Payot [back]
2. Shaving in Judaism, Wikipedia, taken 9/19/2011 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaving_in_Judaism [back]
3. Charles Wengrove, trans., Sefer HaChinuch (Jerusalem:Feldheim Publishers, 1984), vol 3, p127 [back]