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Shaving During Chol HaMoed and Sefirat HaOmer

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Rabbi Elchanan Lewis

Iyyar 11, 5769
Question
I learned that one is not permitted to shave during Chol HaMoed or Sefirat HaOmer but see many observant people who freely shave during both periods. What is the basis for this?
Answer
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein [IM OC 1:163 and 2:96] wrote that there is a valid opinion to allow shaving on Chol Hamoed and the Omer days. Hence, even though this is not the common practice those who shave can rely on Rav Moshe's responsum.
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