Peot (Heb., ‘corners’). The growth of hair by Jews in accordance with the command of Leviticus 19. 27. By the Talmudic period, it was interpreted to mean that some hair must be left between the back of the ears and the forehead, and for many Jews in the present the command is obeyed by taking care not to remove all the hair by the ear. Ḥasidim encourage the long twisting locks which mark them off from gentiles (and from other Jews), although there is no specific commandment for them.
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