Monday, August 11, 2008

Halocho #143 - Tish'a B'Av isn't over yet

We mourn and fast on 9 B'Av since the Bet Hamikdash was burned to the ground. The fire was ignited on 9 B'Av in the afternoon and burned through the 10th of Av. Therefore the restrictions of "the 9 days" continue until after midday on the 10th of Av (today - Monday). The custom is to refrain from eating meat and wine, bathing, doing laundry, shaving and haircuts, saying Shehechiyanu and listening to music until Monday after noon. One may make a Se'udat Mitzvah (like a Brit) in the morning, with meat and wine. Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 124:20-22 - Danny Monday, 10 Menachem-Av 5768

Please daven for a little girl - TAMAR bat NAAMA - תמר בת נעמה


  1. Hi, this has nothing to do with Tisha B'av, but I figured you might know the answer. I was going through my closet to find a shirt to wear to shul this morning and came across one that i tore kriya on when I went to Israel and saw the kotel. I was wondering if there are any prohibitions from wearing that shirt again, or if I'm allowed to wear it again

  2. Hi

    According to the Shulchan Aruch (Mishna Brura Vol. 6 page 74 - Siman 561:4):

    You are allowed to repair the tear with wide "ladder/zigzag" stitches, but not with tight "professional" stitches.

    If you don't mind wearing the shirt that way (or the tear is below the "visible" line) then you may wear the shirt.

    (For the record, you may not repair the kriya until the day after you tear it.)

    - Danny

  3. No shower even tonight or in the morn?

  4. Not for pleasure; if you're dirty or sweaty than you may.

  5. My husband actually asked me a question and I thought I would run it by you. He shaves for business but has been trying to shave less b/c its the 9 days. He either has to shave this friday (erev shabbos/ tisha bav) or monday (before Chatsot). Which would be the preferable one? He wasnt sure.

  6. I'm not sure and I don't see any Sefer discussing this.

    I would think that Monday (even before chatsot) is preferable, as it would be less obvious than shaving today.

    Shabbat shalom,

    - Danny, not a Rabbi