Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Halocho #128 - Can one get engaged in the 3 weeks?

We learned yesterday that the destruction of the Bet Hamikdash (Temple) started on 17 Tammuz with the breaching of the walls, and ended 3 weeks later when it was set alight. During this period of mourning we do not get married. Getting engaged is permitted during the 3 weeks.

  • Until Rosh Chodesh Av one may even celebrate with a festive meal, but without music.
  • After Rosh Chodesh Av one may not have a festive meal, but one may serve refreshments.
  • One may even get engaged on a fast day, but no food may be served.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 122:1 - Danny Tuesday, 19 Tamuz 5768
Please daven for a little girl - TAMAR bat NAAMA - תמר בת נעמה


  1. can you cut your fingernails during the 3 weeks??

  2. Yes you can cut your nails in the 3 weeks - until the week in which 9 B'Av falls.

    (This year it's irrelevant, as 9 B'Av is on Sunday).

    Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 122:5