Thursday, October 19, 2017

Haircuts, Shaving, and Fasting on Rosh Hodesh

Haircuts, Shaving, and Fasting on Rosh Hodesh

Day: Thursday
Date: October 19, 2017
Parashat: Noah
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 417/418

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Even though Rosh Hodesh is a holiday, work is permitted. Hair cuts, shaving, and cutting ones nails are also fine. There are some people who don't do so in accordance with Rav Yehudah Hahasid and that is praiseworthy but not reqiured. Fasting is not allowed and even though some people do fast on Rosh Hodesh Nissan to commemorate the yarzeit of Aharon Hakohen, it is proper to refrain from doing so. Fasting because of a bad dream however is allowed when one is extremely disturbed because of the dream and was already told by three friends that the dream will be positive. (See DSH from October 17, 2017.) In such a case he would need to fast an additional day to repent for having fasted on Rosh Hodesh rather than enjoying it. If fasting a second time is too difficutl, he may donate to tzedaka the value of the food he is eating on the day he would have fasted. It is improper to visit a cemetary on Rosh Hodesh if doing so will cause one to cry. On a separate note, it is a mitzvah to have a more elaborate meal than usual. Even though there is no obligation to have a meal with bread, nevertheless, one who does so is praisworrthy if his intention is for the mitzvah.

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