Question:

Can one get a haircut and dye one’s hair on Ta’anit Esther?

Answer:

Yes, this is permissible.

Sources:

There is no prohibition on taking a haircut on a fast day.

Some write that a haircut should preferably be avoided. The source for this is the Gemara in Rosh Hashanah (18), where Rabbi Yehoshua took a haircut to show his disapproval of the enactment of a fast day on Chanukah.

This may indicate that it is somewhat improper to take a haircut on a fast day, for otherwise why should the haircut be an expression of disapproval. Based on this, the Ruach Chaim (Siman 566) writes that it is not right to take a haircut on fast days.

The Turei Even, however, points out that we do not find a restriction on haircuts for fast days other than Tisha Be’Av. With regards to Taanit Ester one could certainly take a haircut, as this is not a fast of sadness and mourning, rather of tefilla and remembering the miracles of Purim.

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