Is it permitted to take a haircut between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?

Answer:

Yes, there is no problem in taking a haircut during this period.

However, there is a special virtue in taking a haircut on the eve of Rosh Hashanah (and if not on the eve, a short time before), in honor of the Day of Judgment (just like one would appear in court respectably; see Shulchan Aruch 581:4).

If one didn’t manage to do so before Rosh Hashanah, one should do so after.

Best wishes.

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2 Responses to “Haircut Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur”

  1. As seen in the Torah,the first month of the year is Nissan.
    Then,why is the 1st of Tishrei (Rosh HaShana) called The New Year,,,,????would it not be proper to called Nissan the NEW YEAR,,?

    • It is true that Nissan is the first month of the year, in the Torah’s numbering system. Yet, Rosh Hashanah, which literally means “The head of the year,” is on Tishrei, which is when the coming “year” — from Tishrei to the end of Elul — is judged for good and for bad. Note that the Gemara cites a dispute as to when the world was created, in Nissan or Tishrei, with Tosafos stating that both opinions are correct in different senses (creation in thought and creation in practice).

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