As mentioned here, Sefardim observe the mourning period known to Ashkenazim as "The Nine Days" only during the week that Tisha B'av occurs.

Tisha B'av falls out on Shabbat this year (5772), and the fast is postponed until Sunday.

Do Sefardim observe the mourning period during the week the 9th day of Av occurs, or the week that the fast occurs?

In other words, do they end up having no days of mourning this year, or does the mourning period start from sunday, the 3rd of Av?


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The Shulchan Aruch (551:4) rules regarding both the case of Tisha b'Av on Saturday and Tisha b'Av on Sunday that there is no mourning period and some say (Yesh Omrim) that there is mourning the entire preceding week. Generally when the Shulchan Aruch quotes two opinions and only the latter is prefaced by 'some say', the halacha follows the former opinion (Yad Malachai Klalei HaShulchan Aruch 17).

The Kaf haChaim (sk 78) rules as such, but notes that it is proper to be stringent only regarding haircuts for either the entire preceding week or at least just the Friday before in order to not enter Tisha b'Av looking too nice.

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    R. Ovadia (in Yechave Daas 3:39) says the minhag to refrain from meat and wine starts immediately after Rosh Chodesh for Sefardim, every year.
    – Curiouser
    Jul 20, 2012 at 20:07
  • @Curiouser Good find! That looks like its own answer.
    – Double AA
    Jul 20, 2012 at 20:10
  • @DoubleAA: Do you have a source for ". Generally when the Shulchan Aruch quotes two opinions..."? somewhere in here, perhaps: hebrewbooks.org/14122
    – Menachem
    Jul 22, 2012 at 2:44
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    @DoubleAA: Found it and added the link. It's long and I only read the first half, but seems pretty universal
    – Menachem
    Jul 22, 2012 at 3:21
  • @Menachem Thank you! (BTW I just saw that even the kaf hachaim mentions the rule in the cited seif katan.)
    – Double AA
    Jul 22, 2012 at 3:23

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