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Cutting nails during sheloshim

Question:

I am in the period of shloshim for my father.
I am a surgeon and can not have long nails as it may interfere with my procedures.
Could I cut them sooner than the end of 30 days?
Thank you very much for your help.

Answer:

Hamakom yinachem eschem b’toch shar aveilei Tzion v’Yerushalayim.

What is best in your situation would be to cut your nails in an abnormal manner, such as with your teeth, fingers, etc. because then the nails won’t look nice. If it is hard for you to do it with your teeth, fingers, you can start cutting a nail with a clipper, and then the rest will go easier with your fingers etc.

Best wishes

Sources:

Y:D 390-7.

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