Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Halocho #1760 - Last chance for laundry

When the month of Av begins, one diminishes joy. From Rosh Chodesh Av until after the fast 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 Thursday evening (4 Aug / Rosh Chodesh Av) and ends 10 days later on Sunday after nightfall. (14 Aug / 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 Thursday evening, 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 in PDF) with the differences between Ashkenazi and Sefardi customs in the 3 weeks, go to http://tinyurl.com/Halocho9days

- Danny
Tuesday, 27 Tamuz 5776

וְכֵן אֵין מְכַבְּסִין בְּתִשְׁעָה יָמִים אֵלּוּ. וַאֲפִלּוּ חָלוּק אוֹ בֶּגֶד שֶׁאֵינוֹ רוֹצֶה לְלָבְשׁוֹ עַד אַחַר הַתַּעֲנִית. וַאֲפִלּוּ לְתִתָּם לְכוֹבֶסֶת אֵינוֹ יְהוּדִי אָסוּר. וְיִשְֹרָאֵלית, מֻתֶּרֶת לְכַבֵּס בִּגְדֵי אֵינָם יְהוּדִים. וּמִכָּל מָקוֹם בַּשָּׁבוּעַ שֶׁחָל בָּהּ תִּשְׁעָה בְּאָב יֵשׁ לָהּ לִזָּהֵר

 וְכֵן אָסוּר בְּתִשְׁעָה יָמִים אֵלוּ לִלְבּוֹשׁ אוֹ לְהַצִּיעַ אֲפִלּוּ הַמְכֻבָּסִין מִקֹּדֶם. רַק לִכְבוֹד שַׁבָּת, מֻתָּר לִלְבּוֹשׁ בִּגְדֵי פִּשְׁתָּן, וּלְהַצִּיעַ עַל הַשֻּׁלְחָנוֹת לְבָנִים, וּלְהַחֲלִיף מִטְפְּחוֹת הַיָּדַיִם וּמַגָּבוֹת, כְּדֶרֶךְ שֶׁעוֹשִׂין בִּשְׁאָר שַׁבָּתוֹת. אֲבָל סְדִינִים לְבָנִים, אָסוּר לְהַצִּיעַ

 וְאִשָּׁה שֶׁצְּרִיכָה לִלְבּוֹשׁ לְבָנִים לִסְפֹּר ז' נְקִיִּים, מֻתֶּרֶת לְכַבֵּס וְלִלְבּוֹשׁ

 וְכֵן הַמִּטְפָּחוֹת שֶׁמְלַפְּפִין בָּהֶן אֶת הַתִּינוֹקוֹת [חִתּוּלִים], שֶׁמְלַכְלְכִין אוֹתָן תָּדִיר, מֻתָּר לְכַבְּסָן

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