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Daily Halacha

Laws of the Three Weeks #19

There are a number of unique practices this Shabbos due to the fact that it is the ninth of Av and Erev Tisha B’Av. Ashkenazi custom is to avoid marital relations unless it is the night of the Mikvah or if it could impacts one’s mitzvah of having children. One eats a regular Shalosh Seudos more »

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Laws of the Three Weeks #18

On Tisha B’av one is not supposed to do anything that can be seen as joyful.The following things are therefore forbidden: – Eating and drinking (If one has any medical concerns please contact me before the fast) – Intimacy with one’s spouse – Studying Torah that does not pertain to Tisha B’av – Washing oneself more »

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Laws of the Three Weeks #17

This Saturday, after Shabbos one should say “Baruch hamavdil bein kodesh l’chol. Blessed is the One who distinguishes between holy and mundane.” Havdallah on Saturday night consists of making a blessing on a candle. (We will do so in Ner Tamid before Mariv and the reading of Eicha.) One should switch into shoes that are not leather more »

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Laws of the Three Weeks #16

During the Nine Days, it is forbidden to swim, be it for pleasure or for exercise. If one must swim for medical reasons, please feel free to contact me to discuss further. The custom is to refrain from doing anything that is seen as dangerous during the Nine Days because of the bad track record more »

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Laws of the Three Weeks #15

Included in the prohibition of drinking wine is drinking grape juice. However, any other alcoholic beverage is permitted. Wine that is used for cooking is allowed provided that there is no distinct taste of wine in the food. Drinking wine/ grape juice on Shabbos is permitted, however Havdallah poses a problem. One should not use more »

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Laws of the Three Weeks #14

It is forbidden to eat meat/poultry or drink wine through the Nine Days. There are two reasons why this is so – 1) meat and wine increase happiness 2) it serves as a reminder of the meat of the sacrifices and the wine libations that are no longer. One may use meat utensils but may more »

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Laws of the Three Weeks #13

As opposed to the Three Weeks when buying clothing of significance is forbidden, during the Nine Days buying any article of clothing is prohibited. (As a practical tip – before going Nine Days without laundry, it’s worth double checking that you have enough clothing! Also, don’t forget to buy non-leather shoes before Tisha B’av.) If more »

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The Laws of the Three Weeks #12

If one runs out of clothing that was pre-worn before the Nine Days, one may cause the clothing to be considered not fresh by putting them on a floor that is dusty, removing the creases by stepping on the clothing, or by placing the clothing in a laundry basket with dirty laundry. All of these more »

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Laws of the Three Weeks #11

One is allowed to wear freshly-laundered clothing on Shabbos. [For all you clever people out there, this may seem to indicate a loophole of sorts. If one can wear new clothing on Shabbos then perhaps one need not wear clothing before the nine days in order to take away their freshness. Instead one can wear more »

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Laws of the Three Weeks #9

During the first 30 days of mourning for a loved one, one may not wear freshly laundered clothing. The same holds true for the Nine Days when we all mourn the destruction of the Batei Mikdash. The definition of freshly laundered clothing is clothing that has not been worn since it has been laundered. This does more »

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