Monday, July 17, 2017

Haircuts and Shaving During the Three Weeks

Haircuts and Shaving During the Three Weeks
Day: Monday
Date: July 17, 2017
Parshat: Matot/Mas'ei
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 551

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The Ashkenazi custom is for men to refrain from getting haircuts and shaving during the three weeks. Sephardim are lenient in this regard and may get haircuts and shave up until the the week of Tisha Be'av. Children are also included in this prohibition. Even if the Sephardic person is around Ashkenazim most of the time it is still permissible for him to cut his hair before the Shevua Shehal Bo. If such a person decides not to cut his hair in order to not differentiate himself from the people around him, that is commendable. However he should say that he's doing it without accepting this custom upon himself. It is permissible for any person during this time to trim his mustache if it interferes with eating.

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