From the Rav’s Desk: Trimming the mustache on Rosh Chodesh

  1. Question: [Monday, 30th Nissan, 5781]

May a man trim his mustache on Rosh Chodesh?


One is not to do so.

Explanation: Rav Yehuda Hachassid adds the word “Zakan” in his warning against cutting hair on Rosh Chodesh, which seemingly comes to include that one may likewise not trim the mustache on Rosh Chodesh even if done in order to remove the hairs that interfere with eating. Vetzaruch Iyun as why the Poskim who record the ruling of Rav Yehuda Hachassid do not explicitly include the beard in the prohibition.

Sources: See Tzavas Rav Yehudah Hachasid 48

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