Monday, April 28, 2008

Haircuts during the Omer


We have been learning about mourning during the Omer period.

Taking a haircut is considered to be an act of grooming that increases one's joy, and therefore one does not take a haircut during this mourning period.

In some years there is an exception to that rule - If Rosh Chodesh (the 1st day of Iyyar) is a Friday, then on that day one honors Rosh Chodesh as well as the Shabbat that comes the next day. In such a case, many authorities rule that one may take a haircut that day, despite its being during the Omer.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 493:2; Mishneh Berurah 493:5)

Have a great day,


  1. Is the question of purchasing new clothing during the Omer, a halachic or hashkafic question?

    Michael Felder

  2. Hi Michael,

    Thanks for your question.

    The matter is halachic, although it makes a point of hashkafah in teaching us the lessons of the death of Rabbi Akiva's students.

  3. Hi Mordechai,

    The question came up because a family member of mine wanted to buy me some new clothes (as a present) just a few days before Lag B'Omer. I assume some alterations may be needed to trousers/jacket. So, just to restate the obvious-- I understand that purchasing new clothings is assur. Would there be a difference between the clothing being purchased during the Omer but not being picked up and worn until after the Omer? Or is this looking for a kula whwere one does not exist?

    Thanks, Michael

  4. Hi Michael,

    Now I see why you asked as you did at first. My answer is that it's halachic - and therefore I'd prefer your local rabbi answer.