With Yom Haatzmaut in a few days time, I would like to get your guidance on:
– Do I say Hallel or not?
– If so, with or without a brocha?
– Are leniencies allowed with regard to music, haircuts etc?
Also – I am keeping the first 33 days of the Sefira. Are haircuts allowed on Rosh Chodesh?
Thanks a lot
|Dear JeremyAs I am sure you know, Yom Ha’atzma’ut is one of those contentious issues which divides the OJ world. The answer to your Q’s, of course, is “it depends who you ask.” There are a range of opinions which may be considered (by some!) to be legitimate. Since you are asking me I will tell you what I would advise:
No berachah, no Hallel, no tachanun. If you would like to do so, after davening you can say some chapters of Tehillim, such as those included in the Hallel selection.
No haircuts, however if you would like, you can shave on Friday 4 Iyyar (relying on those who allow shaving every Friday during the ‘Omer). Of course if you are anyway shaving for reasons of employment circumstances, this would perhaps be irrelevant.
Music: While I would not explicitly permit music because of Yom Ha’atzma’ut, I would go along with those who allow pre-recorded music anyway. Esp. if it is Jewish music which helps you appreciate the significance of the day with respect to the Divine favour allowing us to return to our land with our own government (however imperfect). I would not attend an event with live music, however.
No haircuts on Rosh Chodesh, I’m afraid. However you can get a haircut next year on 30 Nissan =1st day Rosh Chodesh Iyar as it falls on Friday, so the combination of the two (erev Shabbos + RCh) allows haircuts.