MAKE YOUR Philips Norelco LIFT AND CUT SHAVER KOSHER!

  • Is KosherShavers mail-in service really free?
  • Does removing the lifts damage or decrease my shaver’s effectiveness?
  • Where / which part(s) of my shaver should I mail KosherShaver?
  • How should I package my shaver heads?
  • How long will it take for me to get back my KOSHER shaver heads?
  • What about other NON Philips Norelco (Remington, Braun, etc.) electric shavers?
  • Why halachicly do I need to remove my 'lifts'?
  • How can I help spread the word about this great service?
  • Is KosherShavers mail-in service really free? TOP
    YES! There is absolutely no catch. We are doing this public service in order to be Mezakeh the Rabbim. Please spread the word!

    Does removing the lifts damage or decrease my shaver’s effectiveness? TOP
    NO. The shaver will continue to be effective after removal of the lifters.

    Where / which part(s) of my shaver should I mail KosherShaver? TOP
    This service is only available for the popular Philips Norelco Lift and Cut shavers.  Please only send us the actual 3 ‘heads’; that’s a combination of the 3 blades (cutters) together with the 3 combs.  You may send as many ‘heads’ as you wish; just keep each SET (of 3) separately. See illustration. - Mail To: KOSHERSHAVER 1157 Tiffany Lane - Lakewood, NJ 08701. Please Note: If you prefer, you can remove the lifts on your own. For our illustrated step-by-step guide to removing Philips Norelco 'lifts' in just 6 easy steps, Click here. 

    How should I package my shaver heads? TOP
    We have found that by tightly wrapping the heads in in a few layers of plain paper, newspaper, bubble wrap, or any other packaging material (so that the combs and cutters are protected & don’t separate) and mailing them in a padded envelope.  Remember to include your name, return mailing address, and evening phone number.

    How long will it take for me to get back my KOSHER shaver heads? TOP
    After we receive them, we typically will mail your KOSHER shaver heads back to you the next day. (Depending on volume)

    What about other NON Philips Norelco (Remington, Braun, etc.) electric shavers? TOP
    KosherShavers FREE service is ONLY available for the popular Philips Norelco Lift and Cut shavers. It is important to stress that ALL foil and 'Microscreen' shavers, (for example: ALL the BRAUN brand shavers, the ENTIRE Remington MicroScreen line of shavers) as well as other brand 'FOIL' shavers, may also raise serious Halachic issues. Rabbi Avrohom Blumenkrantz ZT'L writes the following in his Pesach sefer "...The new problem being discussed today is that the micro screen shields are so thin that they on their own have a cutting ability. We tested it and found out that if you bring a hair through the holes in the micro screen shield and by just moving the hair without to much pressure it could cut the hair. This is true for any brand of Micro Screen shield. It is interesting to note that Remington Dual Foil Shaver, it is advertised as such: “Microscreen CUTTING system with two ultra thin flexible foils and 112 diamond hooked Cutting edges” The problem is two-fold: 1) the outside screen can cut without the scissors action and 2) both blades are cutting and based on what we wrote above it is not good." SEE BELOW FOR OTHER HALACHIC OPINIONS

    'Out-Of-The-Box' Shavers:

    ****UPDATE: NOVEMBER 2012 / CHESVHAN 5773****

    NORELCO NOW MAKES TRIPLE HEAD ROTARY SHAVERS WITHOUT LIFTS!!

    GREAT NEWS: Norelco Has recently stated making shavers without "lifts", that are KOSHER TO USE STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOX!! (with the Psak of Harav Hagoan R' Dovid Feinstein Shlit”a) and DO NOT NEED TO BE "KOSHERED"

     

    The rule of thumb is: any Shaver that the outside of the head/comb it says either:

    COMFORTCUT or CLOSECUT (click on for a picture) is considered "kosher" out of the box!

    We recommend the Norelco 6945XL model shaver, as the best Norelco "Kosher Shaver" available on the market as of this posting.

     

    VERY IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING THE NEW "KOSHER" NORELCO SHAVERS: Although any shaver having the "COMFORTCUT" or "CLOSECUT" printed on the head is OK to use out of the box, PLEASE BEWARE; when purchasing REPLACEMENT HEADS for these shavers; that the words "Comfortcut" or Closecut" is printed on the replacement head as well.

    (Previous Update from FEB. 2011 / ADAR I 5771)
    After much advanced research & consultation with leading Poskim, we have clarified the Rabonims positions on today’s shavers in Halacha.

    We have compiled, and simplified the various “psokim” in regard to today’s electric shavers, & present our finding below.
    AS WITH ALL MATTERS OF HALACHA, ESPECIALLY SHAVING WHICH IS A TORAH PROHIBITION FOR EACH HAIR, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR ROV FOR A FINAL “PSAK”.

    Harav Hagoan R' Dovid Feinstein Shlit”a (eldest son of Harav Hagoan Rav Moshe ZT”L) rules that the BEST option for shaving today is to use a Philips Norelco Lift & Cut shavers ONLY AFTER REMOVAL OF THE LIFTS (click here for more info)
    Rav Dovid is of the opinion NOT to use any other shaver, including the Remington rotary shavers & the Braun Microscreen (foil) shavers.

    Harav Yisroel Belsky Shlit”a also permits the Philips Norelco Lift & Cut shavers (ONLY WITH THE LIFTS REMOVED), however Rav Belsky ALSO permits use of the Remington triple head -ROTARY shavers out of the box.
    Rav Belsky is opinion NOT to use any other shaver, including the Remington microscreen (foil) & the Braun Microscreen (foil) shavers.

    Harav Moshe Heinaman Shlit”a (Star K / Baltimore) DOES permit* the use of the BRAUN microscreen (foil) shavers for use straight out of the box. However, this heter (leniency) does NOT include the Remington Microscreen (foil) shavers.

    * Please note: Rav Heinaman is of the opinion that the most preferred method of shaving is using a trimmer, as per the psak (Halachic verdict) of his rebbi, Hagoan Reb Ahron Kotler ZT”L

    Why halachicly do I need to remove my 'lifts'? TOP
    Recent
    technology has presented problems with the use of many current electric shavers. Although many great Poskim, beginning with the Chofetz Chaim zt'l prohibited modern shavers, most of the American frum community that shaved relied upon the opinion (heter) of Harav Hagaon R’ Moshe Feinstein zt'l. Reb Moshe permitted many of the shavers with the exception of specific shavers that used blades that he determined were too sharp and were thus prohibited. Today, according to many Rabbonim, many electric shavers utilize sharper blades than in the past, thereby raising serious halachic shailos. It is well known, for example, that Harav Hagaon R’ Dovid Feinstein shlita feels that even according to the opinion of his father zt'l, many modern shavers should not be used. Rav Dovid Feinstein has advised that, in his opinion, there is no widely available shaver that can be purchased and used as-is. In his opinion, (which is also the opinion of many other Poskim) the only widely available shaver that is still permitted is the Philips Norelco Lift & Cut model shavers ­ but only after you remove the lifts. It’s important to note that ALL current Philips Norelco triple head shavers (regardless of the model) in stores today use the lift & cut technology. There are other models such as the Philips Norelco Rota 2 shaver (that does not use “Lift & Cut” technology) that he permitted, but the model has been discontinued. It is important to stress that all foil and screen shavers may also raise halachic issues. As with all shailos, your Rav must be consulted. If your Rav is of the opinion that removing the lifts will render you Philips Norelco Lift & Cut shaver 'KOSHER' - we're here to help - at no charge! for an in depth Halachic discussion on shavers - click here

    How can I help spread the word about this great service? TOP
    You can share in this great Mitzvah of Tzurchei Tzibur simply by spreading the word about our service / our website via your own web sites & via social media.  You can also be Mezakeh the Rabim by helping us spread the word through the frum media, by sponsoring banner ads (for display on frum sites) for a Zechus. To sponsor, please email us at: sponsor@koshershaver.org for more info.  Kol haoseik betzurchei tzibur b'emunah, Hakodosh Buruch Hu yeshaleim secharum...... 

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