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.


2 comments:

Daniel Reifman said...

It's true that most communities in chutz la'aretz follow Israel on when to celebrate Yom Ha'azma'ut. However, I recall one of my years in semikhah when I was davening in the YU beit midrash, I was taken aback by the fact that they didn't say Hallel at all on Yom Ha'atzma'ut morning -- even after davening (as I believe was the Rav's minhag). I was just as taken aback when the next day, a Friday, they did say Hallel, until I realized that they were keeping a non-nidcheh Yom Ha'atzma'ut! I'm glad to see that this practice is actually reflected in Rav Goren's teshuvah.

eliyahu5718 said...


Isn't the question of Yom Haatzmaut nidcheh discussed in great detail in the sefer dedicated to that question and all related questions, Nidchei Yisrael?