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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Bris During Sefiras Ha'Omer

This is one of a series of blog posts on things that might be done differently at a bris taking place on a special day on the Jewish calendar. See all of the links at this dedicated page

The book "Otzar HaBris" (Yossele Weisberg) has a section of halakhot surrounding what is done differently on noted days of the Jewish calendar.

With respect to a bris to be held during Sefiras Ha'Omer, he writes the following: (Vol I 285-286)

1. The baby's father, the Mohel and the Sandak may all have their hair cut (and shave, etc) in honor of the bris. But not rhe kvatter. (though some allow the kvatter to groom in this manner)
2. That haircut can even take place the day BEFORE the bris. If the bris will take place on Shabbos, that haircut may even take place on the Thursday before the bris (though some only allowed Friday, with the extreme of their allowance being limited to Friday morning as well, and not having to only use the latter half of Friday as the permitted time)
3. For a Sunday bris, there is a debate as to whether one should wait until Sunday (or Saturday night), while an opinion allows for a Friday haircut.
4. It is very customary to recite "Av Harachamim" during Sefirat Ha'Omer, so the Shabbos bris during Sefirat Ha'Omer should not cancel the recitation of "Av haRachamim."(The Vilna Gaon was of the view to cancel Av HaRachamim if there is a bris on Shabbos during Sefirah)
5. The celebratory meal should be held without dancing. (This is common practice throughout the year. I have been to very few brisses that had dancing - though many in the Sefardic community tend to have music at the bris. most often in DJ form.)

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