Are Sephardim allowed to shave/trim next Friday (the 31st day of the Omer) during the day?

Answer:

According to the Rema and Ashkenazi custom, it is permitted to take a haircut or shave and trim one’s beard from the 33rd day of the Omer, and when this falls on Sunday it is permitted to shave etc. from Friday in honor of Shabbos.

However, according to Sephardi custom it is only permitted to take a haircut from the 34th day of the Omer, and when Lag Ba’Omer is on Sunday it is only permitted to do so from Monday – and not from Friday. Lag Ba’Omer falls on Friday, it is permitted to take a haircut on Lag Ba’Omer even for Sephardim (see comment).

The source for this is the Shulchan Aruch and Rema 493:2.

Best wishes.

 

2 Responses to “Haircut Friday Before Lag BaOmer”

  1. Thank you for the response.

    You stated “Lag Ba’Omer falls on Shabbos itself, it is permitted to take a haircut from Friday even for Sephardim”. I think you meant to say that if Lag Ba’Omer falls out on Friday, then even Sephardim would be permitted to have a haircut on Lag Ba’Omer. Lag Ba’Omer can never fall out on Shabbat, as there is a rule that Lo Ze’Be’D’ Purim and Purim and Lag Ba’Omer always fall out the same day, Siman P’lag.

    • Yes, the intention was that if Lag Ba’Omer falls on Friday. Thanks for the correction.

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