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Chapter 120:8-9
The Counting of the Omer

8. The "sundik" (the person who holds the baby during a circumcision), the "mohel" (person performing the circumcision), and the father of the baby may cut their hair (and shave), [even] on the day before a bris (circumcision) toward evening (1), shortly before they go to the synagogue [for the afternoon serivce] (2).

9. [A couple] is permitted to become engaged (3) and even to hold a special celebratory meal ("seudas mitzvah"), at any time during the days of counting the Omer. Dancing, however, is prohibited.

FOOTNOTES:

(1) And, of course, on the day of the bris itself, which is considered like a Yom Tov for these three individuals.

(2) If the circumcision will be held on Shabbos, one is permitted to take a haircut or shave on Friday, even before midday.

(3) This is permitted because there is a fear that if one put off one's engagement, someone else might propose in the interim (Mishna Berura 493:3).

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