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The Rema, commenting on the mourning of the first 33 days of the omer, allows haircuts on Friday, lichvod shabbos, when the 33rd falls on Sunday.

Does the same reasoning apply when the 47th falls on Sunday (for those who keep Iyar- aka "the 2nd half")? Or is there something specific pertaining to Lag Ba'omer? The Rema does not repeat the permit after introducing the Iyar minhag, but he could be expecting someone to make the comparison.

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It would seem the same Machloket (Maharil vs Mahariv) would apply. – Double AA May 9 '13 at 21:29
    
related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/7520/759 – Double AA May 9 '13 at 21:29
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Nit'ei Gavriel brings a disagreement between poskim in this matter. He writes, therefore, that one should be stringent, but in a pressing situation (מקום צורך), one may be lenient.

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Thanks, jake, that was helpful. It's strange that someone who was bringing both opinions and being machria would be machmir in light of the fact that at best it's a minhag. The Chok Yaakov on the previous page of my link, clearly writes not to be machmir for a safek. This is brought by the Be'er Hetiv (6) as well. Any idea if R' Moshe's psak was written? Siman? – YDK May 29 '11 at 18:25
    
According to this, R' Moshe is quoted in L'Torah V'horah 2, p.19-20. Sounds like it is not a written p'sak. – jake May 29 '11 at 18:49

The Ezras Torah calendar in which the laws are supposed to be based of the opinions of Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin, gives permission to groom on the Friday before Lag B'Omer but not on the Friday before the three days of hagbalah. I would assume the the difference is because in the latter case the Friday is Rosh Chodesh and many prohibit grooming on any Rosh Chodesh.

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Does the calender prohibit grooming on other Rashei Chodoshim? – Double AA May 10 '13 at 16:41
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Hi mocdeg! If you are the same mocdeg as judaism.stackexchange.com/users/2128/mocdeg then consider contacting Stack Exchange here to merge your accounts. Either way, welcome aboard! – Double AA May 10 '13 at 16:54
    
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I looked at the first Rosh Chodesh in the calendar for 5773 and there is no mention of grooming. – mocdeg May 10 '13 at 22:12
    
mod note This was written to a duplicate question and merged hither. – Double AA May 17 at 18:21

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