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Piskei Tshuva: Can a Boy Take a Haircut During Sefira on the Day of His Bar Mitzva?
The Yam Shel Shlomo (Bava Kama Per. 7) and the Magen Avraham (225:4) both say that a boy the day of his Bar Mitzva is like a Chasan the day of his wedding. Although a Chasan is permitted to take a haircut on his wedding day, nevertheless says the Piskei Tshuva, a Bar Mitzva boy cannot take a haircut. They are not completely identical. For example on the day of your Bar Mitzva you say Tachanum and all Hilchos Aveilus apply unlike a Chasan who is exempt from both.
If the Bar Mitzva boy's hair is long and very ugly, says the Shearim Hamitzuyanim Ba'Halacha, he can take a haircut the day before his Bar Mitzva relying on the fact the he is still a Katan in addition to the fact that he is like a Chasan. Furthermore if his hair is long, it is not a fitting to begin putting Tefilin on for the first time on long hair.
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