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This year (2011, 2017) 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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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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    Just for the record, this is a Machloket Rishonim. hebrewbooks.org/… Here is the Maharil where he notes that those (namely, Mahari Weill) that permit in this case are holding avoid haircuts during the Omer isn't actually a Minhag but just something a few people do. It's questionable that they would still permit today when avoiding haircuts is about as near-universal Minhag as you can imagine. – Double AA Apr 28 '13 at 23:47
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    Also note that those who keep Lad B'omer would not be able to rely on this heter, since the heter is for pushing up from Sunday, not Monday. I don't believe the calendar allows Lad to fall out on Sunday. – DonielF May 11 '17 at 22:09
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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
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    Who said taking a haircut on friday afternoon is muttar at all? See OC 251 – Double AA Nov 23 '11 at 5:15
  • @Double AA OC 251 (2) says וּמִסְתַּפְּרִין כָּל הַיּוֹם, אֲפִלּוּ מִסַּפַּר יִשְׂרָאֵל.! – Avrohom Yitzchok May 11 '17 at 21:27
  • @AvrohomYitzchok That's quite a controverial position. Note the Beuir Halakha there עיין בביאור הגר"א שמפקפק בזה מאד ולפי דעתו יש ליזהר ממנחה ולמעלה אפי' בחנם כי היא תמיד מלאכת אומן ע"ש: and recall from Erev Pesach judaism.stackexchange.com/a/6928/759 – Double AA May 11 '17 at 21:33
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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 64. 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 65. One may not shave etc. on Motzei Shabbos when Lag B’omer falls out on Sunday 66. 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 67. [...]

Footnotes excerpt (in case the link goes down again):

  1. Rama ibid [493:2], Chok Yaakov 7, Shulchan Aruch Harav 5, Chai Adom 131:11, Mishnah Berurah 5, Aruch Ha’shulchan 6, L’Torah V’horah 2:page 19:2 quoting the opinion of Horav 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 (5767, 70, 71, 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).
  2. Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita. Refer to Nodeh B’Yehuda 1:28:page 64 (old).
  3. Ben Pesach L’Shavuos page 250:foontoe 20 quoting the opinion of Horav Elyashiv Shlita, Doleh U’mashka page 196, Halichos Shlomo Moadim 2:page 364:footnote 31.
  4. Refer to Refer to Mishnah Berurah 260:5, Rivevos Ephraim 1:338, 4:131, see Kaf Ha’chaim 23, Ben Pesach L’Shavuos page 250. One who did not cut his hair in this situation until Sunday was not mezalzel in the honor of Shabbos (Rivevos Ephraim 1:338).

Note: anything in brackets in the quotes above is written by me.

  • What is the source of that article? It's claim is ridiculous. Even though Tachanun is omitted on Erev Lag Baomer, shaving isn't permitted till the morning even when Shabbat doesn't overlap. Skipping Tachanun does not mean you can shave. It says "technically shaving would permitted on Shabbos" and then says "One may not shave on Motzei Shabbos when Lag B’omer falls out on Sunday" a complete contradiction! – Double AA May 11 '17 at 17:31
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    @doubleAA there is a Posek Hador who allows shaving on a regular year the day before lag bomer because tachanun isnt said starting from mincha,see the Be'er Heitiv as well – sam May 11 '17 at 19:01
  • @sam Then they should permit shaving Saturday night as well. One way or another they are contradicting themselves. – Double AA May 11 '17 at 21:12
  • @DoubleAA See updated link and footnotes above for sources – yydl May 11 '17 at 23:56

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