Is it permissible to cut hair on Rosh Hodesh Av when it comes out on a Friday?

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    Don't know who deleted my previous comment, but I really wasn't sure. Haircutting is generally a three weeks type of issue, but it's happening during the nine days. So I'm not sure what to tag it. What do others think?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 0:13
  • Hmm Mishna Berura discusses Friday Rosh Chodesh Av to permit warm showers on it (551:89). Of course, he also allows shaving on every Friday of the three weeks (jud...) so no big proof.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 1:57
  • this same question (and answer) should apply to nails as well
    – Menachem
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 2:11
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    @Menachem I imagine nails should be more meikil as some permit cutting them the whole time. Plus they aren't mentioned in the Mishna ie they are purely a minhag, not an extension of a din.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 3:05
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    You could improve this question by adding in information about why you suspect that it may or may not be.
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 14:52

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Per Shulchan Aruch HaRav Orach Chaim 260

One should not take a haircut on Rosh Chodesh, even if it comes out on Friday and the haircut will be taken in honor of the Shabbat.

Yechaveh Daas 4:36 says that one may take a haircut on Rosh Chodesh Av, on whichever day of the week it occurs.

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    First of all, this is talking about any Rosh Chodesh, not specifically Rosh Chodesh Av. Secondly, the Sh"A HaRav did not rule accordingly, he just said this is a stringency of R' Yehuda HaChassid that some communities follow.
    – Fred
    Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 17:07
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    I see that Rabbi Monsour is also talking about Rosh Chodesh in general. So this doesn't really answer the question, as it has nothing specifically to do with the three weeks/nine days. -1.
    – Fred
    Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 17:21
  • I don't see what you are referring to in that responsum of ROY's. He seems to be discussing if Sefardim can take haircuts during the three weeks when Ashkenazim can't. I see no reference to Rosh Chodesh anything.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 21:16

Last week, I asked a respected individual learned in Torah in my community when (in July 2012) it would be forbidden to shave and get haircuts. The answer I received was from the 22nd until the 30th. This answer seems to imply that he would permit shaving and haircuts on the upcoming Rosh Hodesh this Friday.

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    Is he Sephardi?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 0:52
  • @DoubleAA - Kind of. Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 3:03
  • @DoubleAA - Why? Oh, probably because I spelled Chodesh without the letter C. Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 3:24
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    Because Sephardim or meikil on many more things than Ashkenazim during the parts of the nine days that do not fall in the same week as Tisha b'Av. I wanted to see from what perspective he was coming.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 3:40
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    I agree with his first statement but fail to see it relevance here. As for the latter statement, did he tell you which of those teachers taught/influenced him regarding this particular psak?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 5:17

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