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Is one allowed to take a haircut on a fast day like Tzom Gedaliah and or Asarah B'Teves?

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Yes. It's a fast day, but no customs of mourning.

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source?................ – Menachem Jan 5 '12 at 15:46
According to the Aruch HaShulchan (OH 550:3), there are indeed customs of mourning on regular fast days -- specifically not bathing in warm water. – Curiouser Jan 6 '12 at 2:09

Al Pi Kabbalah(Sha'ar HaKavvanot Drush Eruv Shabbat) one should only have a haircut on Erev Shabbat/Yom Tov.

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Sorry, I can't yet comment on answers, but for the first answer: you will get a chance to apply the question this year, even according to your view, since it's one of those rare years in which Asarah B'Teves falls out on a Friday. – Yosef Sep 14 '10 at 19:13
the Mishnah berurah says it is better not to also – simchastorah Jan 5 '12 at 5:21
Odd, because Al Pi Kabbala (Magen Avraham beshem Kavvanot HaAri OC 251 sk 5) you can't get a haircut Friday afternoons. That's not a lot of time remaining! – Double AA Jan 5 '12 at 6:16
Right. One must cut one's hair in the morning after davening and before mikvah. Likewise one should have their hair cut only be a Jew. – Rabbi Michael Tzadok Mar 17 '13 at 12:45

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