A Question From Levi Yitzchock - Peyos Minhagim
My Dear Friend,
I have a question concerning Peyos. Since my conversion, I have never cut my peyos or my beard. As you know I converted through Chabad. I usually wear them rolled up behind my ears, but this Yom Kippur I decided to wear them down. I was told in no uncertain terms that the wearing of long Peyos was frowned upon by the Arizal and this is why Lubavitch doesn't wear them long. Mine only come to my jaw. I cannot find anything regarding this other than the Arizal trimmed his peyos with scissors There may be something in the Zohar also that says the peyos should not touch the beard. Rebbe Nachman says, that the peyos are part of the beard. If this is the case why do most of the Chassidic world have long peyos?
I realize some do wear them small, some under their Kippot, and some behind the ear. I do understand that hair in that area is considered peyos even if is short. I've also heard that the Alter Rebbe had long peyos as well as the Freideker Rebbe and they also wore them under there hats or Kippot.
Irregardless, I will not cut them off, trim them ok, but not to cut them. People in the Satmar community told me that the Baal Shem Tov had Peyos as well as the Teimani who have no Chassidic influence and trace their wearing of them back to the time of the Beis Hamikdash.