Thursday, July 3, 2008

Halocho #114 - Tamuz is the 4th month

Today - Thursday - is the first of 2 days Rosh Chodesh Tamuz. It’s a mitzvah to eat a bigger meal on Rosh Chodesh. One may do work on Rosh Chodesh, but one may not fast nor eulogize. Some women have a family custom to not do some types of work on Rosh Chodesh. Remember to add Ya'aleh Veyavo in davening (prayers) and bentching (grace after meals). Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 97:2, 3, 6 Chodesh Tov, - Danny See the Halocho a Day on your profile as an RSS feed.Go to and import from


  1. Shalom Danny,
    How are we to have chodesh in light of the attack so recently?
    I know emuna, bitachon...another test?
    Also prayers are still needed for the two girls?
    If so...please resend...I am a member of a womens tehillim/refuah group.
    Thank you for using facebook as a spurce of knowledge and brightness in the world.
    Kol Tov, IY"H,

  2. Hi Rachel

    Shavu'a Tov

    There's never an easy answer to "bad happening to good people" - and it's always hard to transition from tragedy to celebration... I don't have any new insights into this.

    Note however that the past 2 attacks in Jerusalem were on Erev Rosh Chodesh; a day reserved for Teshuva...

    The 2 girls still need Tehillim; especially Tamar bat Naama undergoing chemotherapy.
    Chaya bat Naomi Zehava could use some heavenly help too.


    - Danny

  3. is the minhag not to do laundry a chassidish one ... where is the source for that? Thanks

  4. This is an old minhag mentioned in Chazal; the given reason is that women were given Rosh Chodesh as an extra Yom Tov as a reward for not worshiping the Golden Calf. They celebrate by not doing some types of work.

    Not doing laundry and not sewing are two popular minhogim that pre-date Chassidus.