Sunday, July 27, 2014

Haircuts During the Three Weeks

Haircuts During the Three Weeks
Day: Sunday
Date: July 27, 2014
Parshat: Devarim
Yalkut Yosef: 551

The Ashkenazic custom is for men to refrain for the most part from getting haircuts or shaving during the three weeks. The Sephardic custom is to be lenient in this regard and Sephardim may get haircuts and shave up until the the week of Tisha Be'av. Even if the Sephardic person is around Ashkenazim most of the time it is still permissible for him to cut his hair. If such a person decides not to cut his hair in order not to conduct himself differently than the people he's with, that is commendable. However he should say that he's doing it without accepting this custom upon himself. It is permissible for anyone during this time to trim their mustache if it gets in the way of eating. It is also permissible for an adult to cut a child's hair.

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