May a Chosson Shave Before Shkiah Today?

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Q. May a chosson who is getting married the night of Lag Ba’omer – namely, tonight – shave earlier in the day, on the 32nd of the Omer, before shkiah? What is the halacha concerning relatives and other guests attending the wedding?

A. The prevalent custom is that one may get married on the night of Lag Ba’omer. The halacha in general regarding shaving is to wait until after sunrise on the morning of Lag B’Omer. Rav Belsky zt”l ruled that the chosson and the fathers of the chassan and kallah may shave on the 32nd day of the Omer before shekiah. Other family members and guests should not shave before shkiah.

Rav Belsky zt”l did permit them to bring a shaver to the wedding and shave there after shkiah. (See פסקי הלכה, Volume One, pages 109 – 110)

This column comes from OU Kosher’s Halacha Yomis dedicated in memory of Rav Chaim Yisroel ben Reb Dov HaLevy Belsky, zt’l, Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant (1987-2016). Subscribers can also ask their own questions on Kashrus issues and send them to grossmany@ou.org. These questions and their answers may be selected to become one of the Q and A’s on OU Kosher Halacha Yomis.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. The shaver that you posted is clearly assur. Every posek holds that that kind of shaver is assur. only the rotary ones are ok.

  2. Actually, screen shavers are better because they cut with speed, as opposed to some rotaries that lift and cut

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