Are you allowed to shave on chol hamoed?


It is prohibited to take a haircut on Chol HaMoed (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 HaMoed 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 Hamoed.

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