Based on On Tish'a B'Av,can someone say the typical "Mourner's statement" to any/everyone else?, may one perform the mitzvah of Nichum Aveilim for one who is sitting shiv'a on Tish'a B'av? Would it make a difference as to when during the day it was, or what the person was saying to console/comfort the mourner?

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    Interesting question. What seems a bit contradictory, is that Tish'a B'av is called a mo'ed. Yet, unlike any other mo'ed, it doesn't end aveilut / shiva.
    – DanF
    Commented Jul 11, 2019 at 19:49
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    Why would you think that one can't?
    – Al Berko
    Commented Jul 11, 2019 at 22:36
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    @Al Berko Perhaps because all Israel are regarded as mourners on Tisha BeAv.
    – Epicentre
    Commented Jul 13, 2019 at 16:48
  • @Epicentre so what? Can mourners not console each other?
    – Double AA
    Commented Aug 11, 2019 at 18:19
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    @DoubleAA maybe not judaism.stackexchange.com/a/23248/759
    – Double AA
    Commented Jan 4, 2022 at 14:27

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Yes, one is allowed to be מנחם אבלים at any time on Tisha B'av. Rabbi Nosson Gestetner explains, that from the fact that the tefillah of Nacheim is said in Shemone Esrei on Tisha B'av, we can derive that there is no Issur to accept condolences- ניחום on Tisha B'av. And even though we only say it in Shemone Esrei of Mincha (למנהג הרמ"א), someone who doesn't fast and has to Bentch Birkas Hamazon will say Nacheim then even if he eats at night (משמעות הרמ"א סימן תקנ"ז). This proves that at all times on Tisha B'av is one allowed to accept condolences. שו"ת להורות נתן חלק י' (סימן נב אות ד)

Also see ספר נחמת ישראל (סוף פרק לו) בשם הגר"ח קניבסקי זצוק"ל

  • What about offering condolences?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 13, 2022 at 13:19

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