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Shaving for Yom HaAtzmaut
Davening on Yom HaAtzmaut
- Some authorities opposed the minhag to say paragraphs from Kabbalat Shabbat, Tehillim of Shabbat davening into Pesukei DeZimrah, and Haftorah without Brachot. 
- Many authorities hold that one should have half Hallel without Brachot. 
- One shouldn't make a Shechiyanu on Yom HaAtzmaut.
- Halachot of Yom Ha'atzma'ut by Rabbi Reuven Taragin
- Hilchot Yom Haatzmaut by Rabbi Hershel Schachter
- Rabbi Eliezer Melamed (Peninei Halacha “Yom HaAtzmaut”) writes that those who shave regularly should shave prior Yom HaAtzmaut in order to look presentable for the holiday. He also quotes Rav Yitzchak Nissim and Rav Tzvi Yehuda HaCohen Kook who agreed. Shana Beshana (5752, p. 145) quotes Rav Tzvi Pesach Frank as agreeing. Shana B’shana (5752, p. 145) quotes Rav Tzvi Pesach Frank as agreeing. Rav Shaul Yisraeli in Mareh HaBezek 4:54 permits shaving from after midday prior to Yom HaAtzamaut even for those living outside Israel. However, Yaskil Avdi 6:10 and Rav Soloveitchik (quoted by Rav Schachter in Nefesh HaRav p. 94) argue.
- Rav Soloveitchik (quoted by Rav Schachter in Nefesh HaRav p. 94-6) disagreed with these minhagim because they didn't have any source in halacha and failed to incorporate the significance of Yom HaAtzmaut with these minhagim.
- Rav Soloveitchik (quoted by Rav Schachter in Nefesh HaRav p. 96) held that one should only say half Hallel without Brachot. Sh"t Yabia Omer 6:41-2 writes that one shouldn't make a Bracha on Hallel on Yom HaAtzmaut. Yalkut Yosef 218:1 codifies this.
- Sh"t Yabia Omer 6:42, Yalkut Yosef 218:2