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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    – Menachem
    Commented Jan 5, 2012 at 15:46
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    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
    Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 2:09

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

  • 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
    Commented Sep 14, 2010 at 19:13
  • the Mishnah berurah says it is better not to also Commented Jan 5, 2012 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
    Commented Jan 5, 2012 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. Commented Mar 17, 2013 at 12:45

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