Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Halocho #1132 - Last chance for laundry

When the month of Av begins, one diminishes joy. From Rosh Chodesh Av until midday on 10th Av is the period known as the "9 days". 

During the 9 days one does not do any laundry even if one only intends wearing the clothes after the 9 days. One may not even give laundry to a non-Jew to wash during the 9 days, but a Jew may do laundry for non-Jews. 

One does not wear freshly laundered clothes during the 9 days except on Shabbat. This does not apply to garments worn directly on the body; undergarments, socks, PJs and the like. 

One may not change bed linens, tablecloths and towels during the 9 days. 

The "9 days" starts on Sunday evening (8 July / Rosh Chodesh Av) and ends 10 days later on Wednesday after noon (17 July / 10 Av). 

==> Therefore it's advisable to prepare a week's supply of shirts, pants, skirts, etc. by wearing them for a short while before Rosh Chodesh. One can also prepare towels by using them once. 

Baby clothing that get dirty all the time and needs to be changed many times a day are exempt from the above and may be laundered and used during the 9 days. 

Anything halachically required for her 7 clean days, a Niddah may launder and wear during the 9 days. 

 Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 122:9

To see a chart (in Hebrew) with the differences between Ashkenazi and Sefardi customs in the 3 weeks, goto 

 - Danny
 Wednesday, 25 Tamuz 5773

Please daven for the complete recovery of a little boy diagnosed with lymphoma:
 יוֹנָתָן-שִׂמְחָה בֶּן לֵאָה-רִבְקָה

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