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Shehechiyanu for baby girl during the 3 weeks / 9 days

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 ...
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Earliest Sources for Custom of Not Shaving from 17th of Tammuz

The Rama himself actually forbids haircuts starting on the 17th of Tammuz (ShA OC 551:4). In his Darkei Moshe, he cites Minhagim Tirna on Tammuz (written ~1400 CE) which mentions this custom.
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Tikkun Leah during midnight Tikkun Hatzot during the Three Weeks?

Yes, based on The Ari Zal and The RaShaSh you say both tikunnim except on Rosh Chodesh where you recite only Tikkun Leah and Shabbat where you say neither. On Tisha b'Av itself at Chatzos HaLayla we ...
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Is one allowed to go to a standup comedy show during the 3 weeks?

1) No 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: ...
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Can tailoring be done during the nine days

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 ...
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Is one allowed to listen to music for therapeutic purposes during sefira and the three weeks?

R’ Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (Halichos Shlomo, Sefiras Haomer 11:n14) writes that one who will become overly upset without music may listen to recordings. (source)
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Surgery During the "The Three Weeks" and Tisha b'Av

All surgery that can safely be postponed until after Tisha B'Av should be postponed. See R. Simcha Bunim Cohen's Halachos for Daily Living, volume on the Three Weeks and Fast Days. Published by ...
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What haftarah is read on Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Av

From an Ashkenazi perspective, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 122:6 writes both customs exist On the three Shabbosos between the seventeenth of Tammuz and Tishah beAv, we read the "Three haftaros of ...
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Is there a proper greeting for the Three Weeks and Tisha B'av?

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 ...
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May one engage in pleasurable voluntary activities during the Three Weeks?

Rav Gormon of Chabad Toronto: recommended to me that until the Hodesh She'hal Bo (ashkenazim) or Shavua She'hal Bo (sepharadim) it is permissible, min ha'din. From that point onward, it would be ...
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What events occurred between 17 Tamuz and 9 Av warranting a 3 week mourning period?

The Three Weeks are those days between 17 Tamuz, when the walls around Yerushalaim were breached by Titus's army, and 9 Av, when the Bais Hamikdash was actually destroyed. It would have been a period ...
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What (if any) is the connection between the three weeks and the Yomim Noraim?

The Avodas Yisroel, the Koznitzer Maggid, in the end of Parshas Devarim has a piece about a new foundation being laid after Tisha B'av culminating in Simchas Torah. Also, there is the Psikta which ...
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What are some good sources of a cappella music for Sefiras HaOmer?

I also recommend the album 'Kol Zimra Sings the Songs of Abie Rotenberg' (I think Kol Zimra was the later version of the Beatachon group). I found myself listening to it the rest of the year as well!
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What are some good sources of a cappella music for Sefiras HaOmer?

JewishMusic.FM has a whole list of [Jewish] acappella music. My personal recommendations from there include the Maccabeats and Lev Tahor. I'm familiar with AKA Pella, Six13, Beatachon, and the Chevra'...
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What are some good sources of a cappella music for Sefiras HaOmer?

The Maccabeats. Six13. The Ystuds are all jewish accapella groups.
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How are albums such as AKAPella considered a capella?

The poskim today differentiate between digitally modified a capella music vs. straight voices: Rav Belsky is quoted as saying, There are basically three types of a cappella. One is where the ...
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Sad music during Omer/3 Weeks

Maharam Shik YD 368 says that really sad music that brings people to cry should be permitted during Avelus. It should be noted that this is about sad music not slow music. During the Omer many are ...
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Shaving hair off mole during the three weeks/sefira

Found this question posed on https://dinonline.org/2018/04/22/cutting-other-hair-during-sefira/ Here is the text Essentially the minhag not to cut hair applies to all hair of the body and not only to ...
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Is dancing in camp permissible during the Three Weeks?

See this article in this year's Agudat Yisra'el pamphlet, which was reviewed by R. Shmuel Fuerst. On p. 13 it says that music that is not for the sake for enjoyment may be heard during the Three weeks....
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Washing a Shaitel - Wig during the three weeks

I could not find a single instance of a Posek forbidding washing or laundering anything during the (first 2 weeks of the) 3 weeks. I searched the Shulchan Aruch, Kitzur SA, Kitzur Yalkut Yosef and ...
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Signing an office new lease during the 3 weeks

I assume you ask because you know one should not purchase a new house during the three weeks. The rationale is that one should not say the blessing of she'hechiyanu during that period (for more ...
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Cutting a wig during the 3 weeks

This (Hebrew) article quotes Rav Shmuel Vosner ZTL as saying that washing and setting a wig is like washing and ironing clothes and is thus only forbidden during the (9) days just before Tisha B'Av, ...
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Learning music theory during the Three Weeks?

There are sources permitting learning to play an instrument until Rosh Chodesh Av, some even say until Erev Tisha B'Av. Those who permitted playing for real would surely permitting learning about ...
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Abstaining from meat and wine until shabbas Nachamu

I found this custom mentioned in the Shu"t Maharshal siman 54 . The custom was started by women who refrained from eating meat up until shabbas nachamu. The Maharshal noted that this custom is not ...
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Cutting a wig during the 3 weeks

Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky quoted in קובץ הלכות בין המצרים י"ג/הערה י"א says that it is like a garment, and not like a haircut. He does not understand Rav Moshe, who says that it is like a haircut. אמר מו"...
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When a seudat mitzvah and minor fast both fall on Shabbat

This site explains the procedure: If day 31 is on Shabbat or a major Jewish holiday (other than Chanukah, Purim or Chol Hamoed), the pidyon haben takes place on the next weekday. If day 31 is a ...
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Is there a proper greeting for the Three Weeks and Tisha B'av?

I always say "have an easy fast".
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How are albums such as AKAPella considered a capella?

Rav Shmuel Kaminetsky in Kovetz Halacha is quoted as having made the distinction that once the voices have undergone digital manipulation (AutoTune etc.) then the voices are technically considered at ...
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How are albums such as AKAPella considered a capella?

The following is my own idea. I'm no scholar or rabbi, so take it with a heavy grain of salt. I'm certainly not your rabbi, so don't rely on it practically. (Also, I've never heard the band referred ...
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What (if any) is the connection between the three weeks and the Yomim Noraim?

In the overview for Touched by Their Tears by Rabbi Yechiel Spero he says that the Zera Kodesh of Ropshitz writes that the 21 days leading up to Tisha Ba'av correspond to the days between Rosh Hashana ...
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