Haircut and Shaving Permitted Tomorrow


scissorsWhen Rosh Chodesh Iyar falls on a Shabbos, as it does this year, this coming Shabbos, one is permitted to take a haircut and shave on Erev Shabbos in honor of the double simcha of Shabbos and Rosh Chodesh, even for those who are keeping minhagim of aveilus from Pesach to Lag Ba’omer (Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Berurah 493:1 MB5).Many wonder whether this heter may be relied upon by those who normally keep the chumrah (stringency) of Rav Yehudah Hachossid and do not ever take a haircut on Rosh Chodesh even when it falls on a Friday.


This is a machlokes haposkim. Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l and Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky zt”l held that (only for those who have already begun their aveilus in sefirah) this Friday is an exception and one may take a haircut and shave this Friday. The Steipler Gaon zt”l held that they may not, The Kaf Hachaim held that they should rather take a haircut on Thursday, today, after chatzos (L’Torah V’Horoah Vol. 2 pg. 20, Emes L’Yaakov 260:1, Bein Pesach L’Shavuos pg. 246, Kaf Hachaim 493:47).

All readers are reminded to consult with their rabbonim for a final p’sak.

-If a bris milah occurs during sefirah, it is permitted for the sandik, mohel and father of the baby to take a haircut/shave on the day before the bris (in the late afternoon) in honor of the bris. {If the bris is on Shabbos, they may take a haircut even Friday morning)}
(Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 493:2).

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  1. My Rov told me that the Heter to shave (on Friday) is only when Rosh Chodesh is Shabbos/Sunday, NOT when it’s Friday/Shabbos!
    Please clarify.

  2. who is your rav—by the it says yesh lehatir….i believe when the mishnah brurah says yesh a svecha yesh lehatir