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9th of Av; anniversary of the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem; a general day of mourning for historical Jewish tragedies.

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The main reason that I recall is because of the pasuk in Eichah (1:15) that refers to the day as "moed" קָרָא עָלַי מוֹעֵד לִשְׁבֹּר בַּחוּרָי I don't remember why that forces a connection.
answered Aug 10 '11 by YDK
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You do have a good argument, since the reasoning for starting the restrictions from Rosh Chodesh is the ominous month of Av, which has no standing without the sanctification of the Sanhedrin, which wa …
answered Aug 1 '11 by YDK
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I'm not sure if there is a machlokes. Although the Biur Halacha 554:6 quotes the Pischei Olam that by a cholera epidemic a posek should advise to eat less than a Koseves bichdei achilas pras, that ma …
answered Jul 15 '10 by YDK
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Seth, all of the detailed laws regarding when you don't have to worry about listening to music and when you do are really just applications of a single broader law: When Av comes around, we restrict …
answered Jul 15 '10 by YDK