Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Haircuts During the Sefirat Haomer

Haircuts During the Sefirat Haomer

Day: Wednesday
Date: April 22, 2015
Parshat: Tazria/Mitzora
Yalkut Yosef: 493

This custom is for men to not get haircuts or to shave during the Sefirat Haomer until the morning of the thirty fourth day. The Ashkenazi custom is to allow haircuts on Lag Baomer, the thirty third day, as well. A man who finds it very difficult to not shave until the thirty fourth day of the Omer may shave on Rosh Hodesh Iyar. Those who have the custom to not shave on Rosh Hodesh may shave the day before. If Rosh Hodesh fell on Sunday, as it did this year, such a person may shave on the Friday before.
There are some Poskim who hold that a person who finds it extremely difficult or unpleasant not to shave may shave every Erev Shabbat on honor of Shabbat. However, it is much more preferable to keep the accepted custom and refrain from shaving if at all possible. If Lag Baomer is on a Friday it is permissible even for Sephardim to shave on that day. If he won't be able to shave on Friday, Thursday night is also okay.

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