Question:

Can you shave on Chol ha-Moed Pesach?

Thanks very much.

Answer:

It is prohibited to take a haircut on Chol ha-Moed (Shulchan Aruch 531:1-2), and according to many authorities, this includes shaving.

However, Rav Moshe Feinstein (Iggros Moshe, Orach Chaim 1:163; based (among others) on Noda Biyhuda, Tinyana, 99-101) permitted shaving on Chol ha-Moed for someone who shaved before Yom Tov, who shaves regulalry (every day or two), and who feels distress in being unable to shave during Chol ha-Moed.

Best wishes.

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