What number haircut may one take in the area of his Peiyos? To how short may the hair in the area of the Peiyos be cut?
It is only forbidden to cut the hairs, in the area of the Peiyos, together with a razor. However there are opinions that also forbid cutting the hair with scissors, if the outcome will be similar to a razor. Practically one is to be stringent like their opinions. [Some opinions say that this is defined as each hair being long enough to be folded over and touch its root. This is approximately the length of a .5 centimeter, which is the equivalent of a number 2 haircut. Others suggest that any amount suffices so long as it does not look like it was cut with a razor. Hence according to them one may take a number 1 haircut.]
 Michaber 181/3
 Tur in name of Rambam
 Rosh brought in Tur 181
 Michaber ibid
 Chasam Sofer 154; Torah Leshma 389; See Melamed Lehoil 64; Tzur Yaakov 1/100
 The reason: As this is the amount listed regarding Tzaraas [Rambam 8 Tzaraas 6] and so would apply to all other cases. [Poskim ibid]
 See Rosh perek 3/2; Chochmas Adam 89/16; Chidushei Hagriz Nazir 40b; Shaar Hachaim 9
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