This source says:

During the twelve months (of mourning for a parent), it is forbidden to:

purchase or rent a home, unless a significant loss would otherwise be incurred

Does "home" mean a permanent year-round residence only? Or does this prohibition include buying or renting a vacation home where one will stay for a week or a few months during the year?

  • I highly doubt that it's talking about davka buying a house. Probably any large purchase would be included here. The article cites sefer yesodei s'machot which I don't have access to and cannot find online, but that may be a good place to look.
    – Daniel
    Aug 22, 2016 at 20:31
  • @Daniel I'm unfamiliar with this Sefer, but, perhaps hebrewbooks has it. I'm also puzzled by the phrasing "significant loss". How can you lose something that you haven't yet owned?
    – DanF
    Aug 22, 2016 at 20:35
  • I didn't see it on HebrewBooks. I believe there is a debate among modern poskim about whether missing out on an opportunity to make a lot of money (or even save a lot of money) counts as an economic loss. According to one side, if the price of the house will go up (or if you won't be able to get it if you wait), that may count as a significant loss (consult your rabbi). Alternatively, perhaps if you don't move houses, you're going to have some huge tax bills coming up.
    – Daniel
    Aug 22, 2016 at 20:40
  • I guess that if it is in Israel it is permitted
    – hazoriz
    Aug 24, 2016 at 0:17

2 Answers 2


Chabad.org brings the law of not buying a house in the context of “activities that are not in the spirit of mourning”. It speaks about sheloshim for other relatives but it applies to parents for the whole 12-month period.

One should avoid activities that are not in the spirit of mourning. For example, one may not buy a new home, nor redecorate, renovate, or purchase new furniture, and so on, unless one will suffer great financial loss if it is delayed past the Shloshim.

The question then is whether renting a vacation home where one will stay for a week or a few months during the year is in the spirit of mourning.

I could not find an answer to that question but did find at dinonline regarding a vacation to recuperate the following (but I could not find the sources mentioned)

See Shulchan Aruch Y:D 389:25, the Aruch Hashulchan [seif 33] explains that only travelling with large groups which makes a pronounce festive atmosphere should be avoided during this time. A personal trip to recuperate is permitted.

The implication is that if there is no pronounced festive atmosphere then renting the holiday home should be allowed.

  • The implication sounds fine to me. Tzarich iyun. (Needs further research.)
    – DanF
    Aug 23, 2016 at 14:14

If the house will not be available for the same price after the mourning then you may buy it during the mourning period, unless after the mourning period the price gets lower not higher.

  • Hi Max. How do you know this? Without any sources for your claim, we have no reason to take your word for it. After all, none of us know you.
    – Double AA
    Aug 24, 2016 at 0:21
  • This doesn't answer my question. See the text of the question which already says, "unless a significant loss would otherwise be incurred". Essentially, you've defined the phrasing in the question.
    – DanF
    Aug 24, 2016 at 14:59

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