Perhaps the initiative of rabbonim in Modi’in Illit will lead to yet another kashrus industry, the supervision of barber shops. Barber shops in the chareidi city are being compelled to obtain certification.
The barbers recently attended a lecture, instructed to attend, during which the halachos pertaining to haircuts and shaving were reviewed, and they committed to comply with these halachos when giving haircuts to their patrons. They were taught about where they cannot cut, the laws pertaining to maintaining one’s peyos, cutting beards and other relevant information.
According to the BeChadrei Chareidim report, as is the case with butcher shops, a frum Yid does not buy in a butcher shop without a hechsher, even if the owner if frum, and now, in Modi’in Illit, the same will be true for barbers for the kashrus certification tells clients the barbers have reviewed the halachos, they are familiar with the appropriate halachos, and will act only in line with halacha.
According to the report, Rabbi Avraham Chaim Adas and Rabbi Ephraim Rothchild are behind the intuitive, to give a certification to barber shops. The certified barber shops will only give ‘kosher haircuts’. When questioned, Rav Adas, who penned a sefer פאת זקנך, insists the initiative is not extreme, but quite a reasonable effort. The rav added he is aware of a number of places which tried to implement the initiative, but it did not occur due to one difficulty or another.
“After the public becomes accustomed to public supervision, it will be surprised to see how they entered a barber shop without supervision, and relied on it with their eyes closed, as if everything was Torah from Sinai, and the seforim need reinforcement because they are exposed to experience of the barber,” BeChadrei quotes Rav Addis explaining.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)