Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Haircuts during the Three Weeks of Mourning


We have begun learning about the Three Weeks of Mourning, which begin Sunday July 20 this year.

We refrain from haircuts during this time period. This includes cutting the hair of a minor, if the minor is old enough to understand the concept of mourning.

Many authorities permit shaving for business up until the first day of the month of Av. They also permit women to shave facial hair, and men to shave mustaches which interfere with eating, as these types of shaving do not create great joy.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 551:12-14; Mishneh Berurah 551:79-82)

Have a good day,

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