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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 ...


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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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When I was a student at Yeshivat Har Etzion, R' Binyamin Tabory gave a Shi'ur on Ma'aseh Rav, based on the Rav's teachings and Minhagim. When he discussed Sefirah, the Three Weeks, etc., he said that if, hypothetically, one could go to a movie at all (which he did not feel was so simple, for reasons relating to issues of modesty - he said he once went to a ...


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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: 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 ...


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This article by Rabbi Dr. Asher Meir of the Orthodox Union cites the same Shulkhan Aruch passage, and implicitly rules that it is still in effect.


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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 ...


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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 only say Tikkun Rachel. This is how almost everyone (if not everyone) who merits to say Tikkun Chatzos is noheg. .כל המתאבל על ירושלים, זוכה ורואה בשמחתה


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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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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 ...


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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 ArtScroll.


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Nitei Gavriel Aveilus2 3:1 says that the prohibition of cutting hair beyond 30 days is only for a parent, which requires one to be told that he looks unkempt prior to taking a haircut. For one who is mourning a child or sibling the prohibition is only for 30 days and then may cut his hair immediately after the 30 days whenever he wants because the Aveilus ...


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Nitei Gavriel Bain HaMatzarim page 101 says that one may get engaged during the period of 17 Tamuz - 29 Tamuz, however no music or dancing is allowed. Page 102 says that according to Ashkenazik custom we do not get married the entire 3 weeks, however Sefardic custom is to allow weddings during the period of 17 Tamuz - 29 Tamuz. Page 105 says that one is ...


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For Ashkenazim, it seems that an individual cannot buy furniture during the Three Weeks but a couple or a family can: http://www.torah.org/advanced/weekly-halacha/5761/matos.html http://www.torah.org/advanced/weekly-halacha/5765/matos.html Sefardim disagree and do not allow it: http://dailyhalacha.com/m/halacha.aspx?id=947


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See SA YD Siman 245:10, The teacher should not strike him (the student) harshly only lightly. Also see the Mishna (Makkos 8) and the Gemara on it (8b). Also see here and here.


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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 of heavy fighting, more than just a siege. As to your second question: The Gemara (Tanis) doesn't mention a mourning period starting from 17 Tamuz. It's an ...


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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 recommended otherwise, from the mishna's point of משנכנס אב ממעטים בשמחה.


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I found this: http://shulchanaruchharav.com/The%20Three%20Weeks/default.aspx?_ftnref1 The sources seem to be Mishna Brura: תקנא/טז and Magen Avrohom תקנא\י Kitzur Shulhan Aruch says that it is permissible for someone whose profession is musical instruments to play in a Goy's house, that implies I guess that it's prohibited otherwise. You're right, it's a ...


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Generally, if the music is not for one's specific enjoyment, you can listen to the music. In your scenario, you are not the one listening to the music, anyway - your child is. And, s/he is not even listening for the enjoyment of the music, itself, anyway. Plus, there may even be more leniencies for a child below bar / bat Mitzvah, anyway. In summary, I ...


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Its in the Ben Ish Chai Shana 1 hilchos Tisha ba'av halacha 25 where he brings such an idea.


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There was a big fight over this in Israel, I believe during the 70's / 80's. The chief rabbinate was dominated by Ashkenazim and they forbade weddings during the three weeks. One of the many things Rav. Ovadia Yosef is known for was his fight for Sephardi traditions, one of which is that weddings are allowed during the three weeks: Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ZT”L ...


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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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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's acappella album -- some is good, some not. But hopefully there's enough in this list to last through sefira for you.


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The Maccabeats. Six13. The Ystuds are all jewish accapella groups.


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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 says that originally there was supposed to be a Yom Tov during every month of the summer, but Tammuz, Av and Elul lost out because of our sins. However they were ...


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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 musical sounds originate from human voices but the natural properties are digitally modified with computer software to attain quality of sounds that are ...


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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 Aruch HaShulchan Even during the 9 days (or the week during which Tish'a B'Av falls, as per the Sefardim) when most laundering is forbidden, clothes that get ...


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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 details see e.g., here under She-hechiyanu). Since signing an office lease is not a purchase, it doesn't require a She-hechiyanu, and therefore I do not see why it ...


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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, and cutting a wig is permitted [and is not considered like cutting hair].


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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. Among those exceptions is a teacher dancing with young children. Note that by this phrasing, it implies that not only may a teacher dance with the children, ...


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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 public fast day, the pidyon haben is held right before nightfall, and the festive meal is celebrated that evening. (The wine that the kohen usually drinks during the ...


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