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The three weeks between the 17th of Tamuz and 9th of Av, during which semi-mourning customs apply.

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Saying Shehechiyanu on new glasses

When one purchases a new pair of glasses, does one need to say Shehechiyanu on them like one would on a new suit? Following that, is it permissible to buy them in the Omer or The Three Weeks, assuming ...
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List of bad things that happened throughout 3 weeks

Anyone have an online list of all the bad things throughout history that have happened to us throughout the 3 weeks? Mainly looking for things on Tisha B’av but also the rest of the 3 weeks or 9 days ...
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Are bad things more likely to happen on Erev Tisha B’av than any other time of year?

Are bad things inclined to happen today? I was thinking about going on a bike ride today, but I don’t trust Erev Tisha B’Av, so I don’t think I will. I feel like there’s a negative energy and that we ...
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listening to music for a siyum during the 9 days

I saw that Maran Harav Ovadia Yosef said that one can listen to music for a siyum during the 3 weeks. I was curious if this also applies to the 9 days and maybe even the week of Tisha Be'Av. I want ...
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TV during the 3 weeks

I seem to recall from Igros Moshe that Reb Moshe is matir watching TV shows with background music during the 3 weeks, on the basis that the main intention is not to listen to the music. Does anyone ...
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What constitutes an "instrument" for the purposes of Sefira and the Three Weeks?

Questions somewhat similar to this have been asked before, but I admit to still being unsure. Throughout the last three weeks I have been listening to a capella music only, as per the Three Weeks, ...
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What is added to Tikkun Hatsot during the daytime of Ben Ha'metzarim?

I cannot seem to find the text online anywhere. I know it is in some Sepharadi siddurim.
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Sad music during Omer/3 Weeks

Thought of this question and apparently it was posed a few years ago on here but no answer was given so I’ll ask again- can you listen to sad or depressing music during the Omer or more importantly ...
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Shaving hair off mole during the three weeks/sefira

In regards to shaving/haircutting prohibition during the three weeks and/or sefira does this include hair on a mole on the face?
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What haftarah is read on Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Av

On the middle shabbat of the ‘Three Weeks’, Ashkenazi and Sefaradi practice is to read a haftarah starting from Jeremiah 2:4. What happens in the (somewhat rare) case that this shabbat is also Rosh ...
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Tikkun Leah during midnight Tikkun Hatzot during the Three Weeks?

During the year, one says both Tikkun Rachel and Tikkun Leah from midnight. During the Three Weeks, one says only Tikkun Rachel from midday. But at midnight during the Three Weeks, does one still say ...
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Is dancing in camp permissible during the Three Weeks?

Given that generally, listening to music is prohibited during the Three Weeks, may an adult camp counsellor dance with below bar / bat mitzvah campers, for the entertainment of the campers and to ...
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May one engage in pleasurable voluntary activities during the Three Weeks?

During the Three Weeks (or at least during the Nine Days), is there a recommendation to distance oneself from voluntary activities that one particularly enjoys? (The question is less regarding ...
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Learning music theory during the Three Weeks?

Would learning about music be allowed, if not actually playing an instrument? Would I also need to not listen to instrumental audio? Or is that still itself an activity that could be considered ...
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Are computer-generated vocals permissible during Sefirah and the Three Weeks?

According to those traditions which prohibit music during the Three Weeks and parts of Sefirah, but permit a capella, would listening to computer-generated vocals be permissible during Sefirah? Is the ...
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What is halachically considered an instrument for the purposes of Sefirah and the Three Weeks?

It's commonly practiced to avoid music during at least part of Sefirah and the entirety of the Three Weeks. Many of those who hold of this stringency also hold that certain types of a capella are ...
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Abstaining from meat and wine until shabbas Nachamu

I remember seeing somewhere that there was a minhag not to eat meat or drink wine until shabbas nachamu. Where can I find this minhag mentioned?
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Cutting a wig during the 3 weeks

Can someone cut their wig (peah nachris) during the 3 weeks? Do we consider the wig to be hair or do we consider it to be a beged of some sort?
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When a seudat mitzvah and minor fast both fall on Shabbat

The 31st day of a bechor's life falls on 17 Tammuz, which this year falls on Shabbat. The ta'anit for 17 Tammuz is observed the following day, on 18 Tammuz. Should the Pidyon HaBen be postponed to ...
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Signing an office new lease during the 3 weeks

Is there any prohibition or recommendation in halacha regarding signing an office space lease during the three weeks? If so, where?
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Starting a new job in the Three Weeks

In response to "What things are restricted in the 3 weeks"? there is no mention of a restriction to start a new job. Is there a source that recommends that one should not start a new job in the 3 ...
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Is there a proper greeting for the Three Weeks and Tisha B'av?

Is there a proper greeting for the Three Weeks and Tisha B'av? For some reason "goodday" or "shalom aleichem" don't seem like good greetings for a period of mourning.
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Listening to Sad-Sounding Music During the Three Weeks

The widespread (I would say universal) custom is to not listen to music the entire duration of the Three Weeks, up until the day after Tisha B'Av at halachic noontime. This includes all music, ...
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Can one go to a public gathering during the nine days?

I believe there is a restriction against going to public gatherings during Sfeira (like movies or plays). Does this apply to the nine days? Chabad doesn't seem to think so (http://www.chabad.org/...
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Can one listen to "Noisecore" during the three weeks? [duplicate]

There is a genere of music ("") which has no rhythm, harmony or groove called "Noisecore". Unlike the nature of this question there are actual instruments involved Can one listen to such music ...
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Washing a Shaitel - Wig during the three weeks

This past week a lady told my wife that it is forbidden to wash a Shaitel - Wig during the three weeks. To the best of my knowledge I have never seen such a prohibition. Is there a source that ...
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Listening to Nusach During the Three Weeks

We're not allowed to listen to music during the Three Weeks, Nine Days, or Tisha B'Av, but are you permitted to listen to nusach like chazzanus or niggunim?
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Can a wedding lasting into the 3 weeks have music playing?

Here are things that are forbidden during the 3 weeks. If an Ashkenazi got married the evening of the 3 weeks before Shkiyah (which is similar to another question on this site), can the music continue ...
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Is one allowed to listen to music for therapeutic purposes during sefira and the three weeks?

It has been scientifically proven that listening to music helps increase people's dopamine (happiness neurotransmitters) levels by as much as 9%, and as such there is such a thing as music therapy. ...
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How are albums such as AKAPella considered a capella?

AKAPella is an a cappella group that performs parodies on other artists' songs, often non-Jewish ones as of late, in a cappella for people to enjoy during sefira and the three weeks. In their albums,...
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What are some good sources of a cappella music for Sefiras HaOmer?

I keep the whole Sefira, and I've been having a most difficult time this year (already!) because for the first time, I am trying only to listen to Jewish music. The first goal of this question is to ...
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What (if any) is the connection between the three weeks and the Yomim Noraim?

Are there any sources that discuss the significance/meaning of the fact that Elul and the Yomim Noraim almost immediately follow the 3 weeks of mourning? (actual sources preferred over speculation)
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Can tailoring be done during the nine days

Can one get something bought before the three weeks tailored during the nine days? Second, does it make a difference if it is for shabbas, or for week day use?
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Can one wear new clothes on the Shabbat preceding Tisha B'Av?

Can one wear new clothes on the Shabbat before Tisha B'Av? I guess by extension the Three weeks in general. I understand that one shouldn't wear new clothes during the three weeks/9 days - does this ...
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Is one allowed to say shehecheyanu over meeting with a friend during the nine days?

From http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/144573/jewish/Three-Weeks.htm , one learns that one should not taste new fruits during the three weeks in order not to have to say shehecheyanu. ...
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Shehechiyanu for baby girl during the 3 weeks / 9 days

Someone recently mentioned to me that a bracha is made when a baby is born. For a boy, the bracha hatov vehameitiv is said, and for a girl the bracha is shehechianu. Is the shehechianu bracha for a ...
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Surgery During the "The Three Weeks" and Tisha b'Av

Are there restrictions having surgery during the "Three Weeks" and Tisha b'Av? What are the sources for restrictions/limitations if there any?
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Earliest Sources for Custom of Not Shaving from 17th of Tammuz

What are the earliest sources for the custom of not shaving from the 17th of Tammuz? The Shulchan Aruch (OC 551:3) only mentions this only in the week of the 9th of Av. שָׁבוּעַ שֶׁחָל בּוֹ ...
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What events occurred between 17 Tamuz and 9 Av warranting a 3 week mourning period?

What tragic historic events occurred during the 3 weeks between 17 Tamuz and 9 Av that warrants a mourning period? Also, why is there a more "severe" mourning period (i.e. - greater restrictions such ...
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Listening to music while studying/writing

Related: Seth J's question here Is it permissible to listen to music during sefira or the 3 weeks/9 days/week of 9 Av as a study- or writing aid? Many individuals I know (myself included) find music ...
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Source for prohibition to listen to music during the 3 weeks

What is the earliest source for the prohibition to listen to music during the 3 weeks? Is there any dispute as to the timeframe of the prohibition (only 9 days, week of etc.)?
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Listening to music during the 3 weeks?

There are many types of music which some authorities permit listening to during the Omer: Rav Shlomo Zalman allows classical music and chazannus. (Halichas Shlomo) The Chelkas Yakov allows recorded ...
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Sleeping Music during the Three Weeks

During the three weeks, may parents put on music that helps their children sleep? Perhaps there is a difference between before Rosh Chodesh Av and after Rosh Chodesh Av.
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Do the restrictions start at night or day? [duplicate]

Do the restrictions for the three weeks (music, haircuts, shaving, etc.) begin by sundown before the fast (17 Tammuz), or at the start of the fast (morning of 17 Tammuz)?
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What's considered shaving?

During periods of mourning, such as Sefirat Haomer and the three weeks prior to Tisha B'av, shaving is prohibited. What is considered shaving and what is allowed? May you pluck out a few hairs here ...
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Wait to be told one's unkempt after 9 Av?

I have heard (from people for whom it's been relevant) that someone who may not shave or cut his hair because he is in mourning for a relative, and whose period of mourning ends, nonetheless waits to ...
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"I was waiting for my flight and a concert broke out."

We've all heard that joke, right? In all seriousness, though, a friend posted this video of an impromptu concert at Toronto Pearson International Airport yesterday as all flights were either delayed ...
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Listening to Recorded Music *Privately* During the 3 Weeks

Do any of the poskim who rule that recorded music is assur during Sefirah/3 weeks distinguish between listening to recorded music in a public setting and listening to recorded music by oneself in ...
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Understanding the beating of students

As mentioned in a previous question, the Shulkhan Aruch, O''C 551:18 writes: צריך ליזהר מי"ז בתמוז עד ט' באב שלא לילך יחידי מד' שעות עד ט' שעות (משום שבהם קטב מרירי שולט) ; ולא יכו התלמידים בימים ...
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Avoiding solitary walks because of demons?

In the Shulkhan Aruch, O''C 551:18 it is written: צריך ליזהר מי"ז בתמוז עד ט' באב שלא לילך יחידי מד' שעות עד ט' שעות (משום שבהם קטב מרירי שולט) ; ולא יכו התלמידים בימים ההם.‏ From the ...
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