Aruch HaShulchan Orach Chayyim 551:11 (writing at the end of the nineteenth century CE) notes that two or three generations prior to his time the custom had changed (amongst the Jews of Lita) such that people wore shabbat clothes on Shabbat Chazon.
He suggests that the reason for this change is that shabbat clothes had become noticeably different from ...
Rabbi B'tzal'el Stern (B'tzel Hachochma volume 4 number 100) was asked whether a minor's siyum exempts an adult from taanis b'choros.
He cites the Rambam (Hilchos Korban Pesach 5:7) as saying that someone who became an adult between Pesach and Pesach sheni need not offer the korban pesach sheni. The explanation of this Rambam is that, because the Torah says ...
Aruch HaShulchan 551:11
ודע שאצלינו יש שנים או שלושה דורות שאין נוהגין כמנהג הזה בשבת חזון,
אלא לובשין כל בגדי שבת. וגדולי הדור שהיו אז הנהיגו כן, באמרם שזהו
כמראים אבילות בשבת בפרהסיא.
It is important to note that for the past two or three generations we
have not been following this minhag [of wearing weekday clothing] on
Shabbos Chazon, ...
Today's HalachaText said that clothing should be worn for at least 30 minutes. I asked them for a source and they said this number came from Rav Elyashiv Ztl.
שוב מצאתי I was looking for something else in Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen's Laws of the Three Weeks, and found that he quotes Rav YS Elyashiv there as saying a half an hour (page 85); in a footnote he ...
Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 551:17 says:
טוב ליזהר מלומר שהחיינו בין המצרים על פרי או על מלבוש אבל על פדיון הבן אומר ולא יחמיץ המצוה
It is good to avoid saying Shehechianu in the three weeks on a fruit or clothing, but on a Pidyon HaBen he says it and doesn't postpone the Mitzvah.
The Magein Avraham (s.v. ולא יחמץ המצוה) quotes the Maharil as saying also ...
The Birkei Yosef 551/6 brings those that permit it to be eaten.
However, the Magen Avraham 551/26, Prei Megadim 551/26, Derech Hachaim 9, Mishneh Berurah 551/56 and the Aruch Hashulchan 551/24, write that it may not be eaten.
I don't know about the minhag of the Sefradim.
Nitei Gavriel 40:7 quotes the Divrei Malkiel 3:27 that Baalei Bris (the people directly involved with a Bris) can eat food from a Bris that was sent to their house because it like is their Yom Tov, however, other people cannot. Additionally, he writes, by other Seudos Mitzvah there would be no Heter.
Rabbi Daniel Neustat quotes the Yad Efrayim 551:31 and Divrei Yatziv 2:238 as permitting meat for a Seudas Bar Mitzvah on the day of the Bar Mitvzah.
However, for this and all Seudas Mitzvah dispensations, if it is during the week that Tisha B'av falls out, only a minyan plus close relatives may partake of the meat and wine (Mishnah Berurah 551:77). Sha'ar ...
The Aruch Hashulchan 551:28 writes:
ודע שיש שמניחים הסיום מסכת על ימים אלו, כדי לאכול בשר. ודבר מכוער הוא,
דאף על גב דבמועד קטן (ט א) מוכח דמותר לשייר מקצת הגמר לסיום מצוה,
כדאיתא שם בבניין בית המקדש עיין שם, מכל מקום להניח לכתחילה בשביל אכילת
בשר – לא נאה ולא יאה.
ויש שלומדים לכתחלה מסכת כדי לעשות סיום בימים אלו, ודבר זה אפשר, כדי
These questions are dealt with here:
The Shulchan Aruch (OC 551:9) writes that one mustn’t eat meat or drink wine during the nine days. The Rema (OC 551:10) adds that if one has a seudas mitzva during this time then one may partake of wine and meat as such celebrations are incomplete without them. This includes Shabbos meals, a bris seuda, a pidyon haben, ...
The Rama writes meat and wine by a seudas mitzvah davka and the food can only be eaten in the room of the siyum(Mishna Brurah 551:75).It seems that meat and wine are the only exception and it only applies during the seudah,not the rest of the day.
It should be noted that planning a siyum to davka come out during the nine days is not so pashut,even though ...
The book שערי נחמה (page נ"ה section ט) says the following verses are the ones which are read in regular (non-sad) trop, according to the custom of the yeshivot (the ashkenazi ones, I assume) in Eretz Yisrael:
verses 16 to 19
verses 24 to 27
All other verses are read in sad trop.
R. Yitzchak Abadi discusses this in a responsum:
Ohr Yitzchak 1:219
ואגב דעסקינן ברחיצה לא אוכל להתאפק מלהעיר על מנהג של הרבה אנשים אשר לא
מתרחצים מר"ח אב עד העשירי בו וחושבים שלרחוץ הוא איסור גמור וגורמים בזה
לנזקי שכנים וחלול ה' העולה על כולנה כי למרבה הצער בימים אלה החום גובר
והזיעה מתרבה והריח נודף וא"א לעמוד גם מחוץ לד' אמותיהם ולפעמים מתכנסים
R' Shlomo Aviner takes a strict approach and writes unequivocally that the answer is no (#17 from the top).
סטנדאפ בבין המצרים
ש: מותר ללכת למופע סטנדאפ?
Standup during the 3 weeks: Q: Is one allowed to go to a standup show?
ת: ודאי אסור. אסור כל השנה בגלל מושב ליצים. ע"ז יח ב. קל וחומר בין המצרים
A: Definitely forbidden. [Going ...
The source for those who begin one verse earlier is the Eishel Abraham of Butatach (Siman 138) who explains that this is because the custom is to chant the verse "Eicha Esa Levadi" in the same tune as Megillas Eicha and it is therefore considered a "tochecha" (reproach) and we do not begin an Aliyah negatively. See also the Likutey Maharich (3:52:1) who ...
The Shaarei Teshuva (OC 556) quotes those who require the ill person to recite Havadala "right away after Shabbat", though as Rav Ovadia Yosef (Yechavveh Daat 3:40) explains while citing many sources, this means as soon as they need to eat NOT right away on Saturday night if they can last until later in the day. This is indeed how Rav Yosef rules.
In all likelihood this is not allowed.
See shulchan aruch siman 551 siff 7. The Shulchan Aruch mentions an that one is not allowed to be misaken ( you'll soon see why I'm not translating this) new clothes or shoes from rosh chodesh Av.
The Ramma adds that we allow non Jewish workers to be misaken the items during the nine days so that they will be ready ...
The Shulhan Arukh (OH 551:4) writes that one may cut hair and launder immediately following the fast, but it is a good custom to avoid meat and wine on the 10th (558:1).
R. Yitshak Yosef writes in Yalkut Yosef (OH: Od M'minhagei Yom Tish'a B'av 4-5) that it is a proper custom to refrain from meat and wine the night of the 10th of Av (i.e. the night ...
The Aruch HaShulchan here writes negatively about intentionally planning a siyum during the Nine Days for the sole purpose of eating meat.
A siyum in a hotel/restaurant is discussed in Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky's Kovetz Halachos [below]. He finds it halachically difficult to explain this practice, however once people do this, one should not object.
An oral ruling of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (recorded in Moadei Yeshurun pg 131 paragraph 8) states:
One who extends the observance of Shabbos by accepting it earlier on Friday or keeping it longer Saturday night, may eat meat and drink wine or grape juice during the extended period.
The footnote there (#62) references the oral ruling as well as one of Rabbi ...
I got this in an email from a "dailyhalacha" service:
During the Nine days (beginning Rosh Chodesh Av) the custom is that
one does not wear freshly laundered clothing. Therefore, one should
wear all the clothing one will need during the Nine days for a short
while (according to many Poskim - 20 minutes), sometime before the
start of the Nine days. ...
This is not explicit, but I think it is a logical extrapolation. R' Shternbach writes in Teshuvos V'Hanhagos 2:263
ולדעתי מותר להתרחץ
בים, אבל לא לשוט עמוק ער קרוב לקומת איש
שהימים האלו ר"ל הם מסוגלים לסכנה ח"ו... ובכל השנה
לא חיישינן לסכנה רחוקה , אבל בימים אלו ראוי
למנוע וכמבואר בש"ע
In my opinion, it is permitted to wash off in the sea, ...
Form kashrut.com (Footnotes in that article point to other references:)
All meat and poultry and their derivatives, even if no meat or poultry
is actually visible, e.g., chicken soup, are included. Pareve dishes
cooked in a utensil used for meat are permitted. [If a small piece of
meat accidentally fell into a pareve dish and its taste will not be
The halachic category allowed to be worn laundered is beged ze'ah -- literally, "sweat clothes." Rabbi Cohen gave the example of undergarments, but a simple translation of the term would give you every indication that athletic clothing that gets truly sweaty would in fact be "sweat clothes."
To second user6591's comment above, I have also heard an oral ...
Any reason to take a cold shower?
The halocho is that any washing for enjoyment is forbidden. If it is not for enjoyment, see the link quoted by eramm above (ohr.edu/5228).
If they like cold showers better, should they specifically take hot showers?
My guess is that we would say that בטלה דעתו אצל כל אדם – even though he likes cold showers better, he ...
According to the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 122:5, cutting nails is only forbidden during shavua shechal bo.
קציצת הצפרנים אין לאסור רק בשבוע שחל בו תשעה באב...
Cutting the fingernails should not be prohibited except in the week of the 9th of Av.
(I wouldn't have known this if @Danny Schoemann hadn't posted it to his Halacho a Day blog a couple weeks ago....
Based on (O.C. 554:21) אֵין שְׁאֵלַת שָׁלוֹם לַחֲבֵרוֹ בְּתִשְׁעָה בְּאָב, וְהֶדְיוֹטוֹת שֶׁאֵינָם יוֹדְעִים וְנוֹתְנִים שָׁלוֹם, מְשִׁיבִים לָהֶם בְּשָׂפָה רָפָה וּבְכֹבֶד רֹאשׁ,
Rav Ari Enkin concludes his article saying,
While it may just be that those who choose to be strict and not offer
any greeting whatsoever when in mourning or on Tisha B'av ...