Sunday, April 22, 2012

Get A Haircut on Wednesday - Teshuvot For Yom Ha'atzmaut

A collection of Teshuvot from various poskim (Rav Yitzchak Nissim - see footnote 12, Rav Shlomo Goren, Rav Shlomo Aviner and Kolle Eretz Hemdah) all in favor of shaving and haircutting in honor of Yom Ha'aztmaut even though it falls out in the middle of Mourning persiod of Sefirat HaOmer.

The letter from Rav Goren is particularly interesting as it mentions the shaving issue in connection with larger discussion of how a mourner should behave with regards to Yom Ha'atzmaut. It also deals with the issue of what do do in the diaspora when Yom Ha'atzmaut is celebrated earlier becasue 5 Iyar falls on Shabbat or Friday. I think that most America communities do not follow Rav Goren on this one.