The removal of hair with a razor or other sharp implement. Both male and female Israelites allowed their hair to grow long. Barbers trimmed, but did not crop, men’s hair, so giving special significance to the shaving of the head or whole body. These actions indicated shame or grief.
Shaving in ritual cleansing
Shaving as a visual aid
After a period of dedication
As a pagan practice Lev 19:27; Lev 21:5 See also Dt 14:1 Pagans shaved the front of their heads as a sign of mourning. God’s people should have a different attitude to bereavement from those who have no hope; Eze 44:20