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This year (2011) Lag Ba'omer falls out on a Sunday. I've heard from a few people that the halacha is that you can shave (and take a haircut) on the Friday beforehand l'kavod Shabbos. Are there any sources for that? Any extra day I don't need to live with this beard is a good day for me :)

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Just saw this on VIN: vosizneias.com/84049/2011/05/19/… – BFree May 19 '11 at 21:47
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Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 493:2, Rema:

ואין להסתפר עד ל"ג בעצמו ולא מבערב. מיהו אם חל ביום ראשון, נוהגין להסתפר ביום ששי לכבוד שבת

And it is not permitted to get a haircut [or shave] until the day of the Lag b'Omer itself. However, if it [Lag b'Omer] falls on Sunday, we have a custom to get haircuts [and shave] on Friday, in honor of Shabbat.

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Thanks Yaakov! There's something amusing to me about a dude with a beard answering this question :) – BFree May 16 '11 at 18:56
Just for the record, this is a Machloket Rishonim. – Double AA Apr 28 '13 at 23:47
@DoubleAA could you give some insight into the Machlokes Rishonim? – Bochur613 Apr 24 '14 at 13:20
@Bochur613 What kind of insight are you looking for? – Double AA Apr 24 '14 at 13:24
A brief description of who is involved in the Machlokes and what they say – Bochur613 Apr 24 '14 at 14:03

See Halachically Speaking Volume 3 Issue 16 page 5:

When Lag B’omer falls out on Sunday (as it does this year) shaving etc. is permitted on Friday because of kovod for Shabbos. The reason why it is kovod for Shabbos is because by the mincha before Lag B’omer one does not say tachnun, so technically shaving would permitted on Shabbos, but since one can not do so, the allowance is pushed back to Friday. One may not shave etc. on Motzei Shabbos when Lag B’omer falls out on Sunday. Furthermore, many say that shaving etc. in the above situation is not permitted on Thursday night [Thursday night is technically Friday] if one has time to do it on Friday. [...]

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Footnote 61 of Halachically Speaking Volume 7, Issue 5 (PDF) says:

Chok Yaakov 7, Shulchan Aruch Harav 5, Chayei Adom 131:11, Mishnah Berurah 5, Aruch Hashulchan 6, L’Torah V’horah 2: page 19:2 quoting the opinion of Harav Moshe Feinstein, zt’l, Rivevos Ephraim 6: page 294:2, Orchos Rabbeinu 2: page 95:11, see Chok Yaakov 7. This is even according to the Sefardim (Bais Dovid 208). Lag B’omer falls out on Sunday in the following years (5771, 73, 74, 77, 84, 88, 91, 94, 95, 97, 98). Some say to take the haircut on Friday after chatzos if possible, although taking it before chatzos is also permitted (Halichos Shlomo Moadim 2: page 364: footnote 79).

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Sure, but are there any other sources? – YDK May 16 '11 at 19:28
Who said taking a haircut after chatzot on friday is muttar at all? See OC 251 – Double AA Nov 23 '11 at 5:15

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