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Tisha b'Av and the First World War

The historian Ismar Elbogen in his "Century of Jewish Life", which he wrote before he passed away in 1943 and was published posthumously, places the beginning of the war on Tisha B'Av of 1914. But I ...
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Germaphobes washing on Tisha B'Av and Yom Kippur

Regarding washing on Yom Kippur, the Tur (OH 613) writes: ביה"כ...ואם היו ידיו מלוכלכות בטיט וצואה מותר לרוחצן שלא אסרו אלא רחיצה של תענוג ...וכן בכל היום אחר שעשה צרכיו וקנח או הטיל מים ושפשף ...
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Does a pregnant or nursing woman fast on a postponed Tish'ah B'Av?

The Tosefta (Taanit 2:12) cited in part in the Bavli (Pesachim 54b) says that pregnant and nursing women must fast on Tisha Bav (in contrast to other minor fast days). No distinction is made for a ...
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What sad/terrible events actually took place on the 9th of Av?

Several events are listed in chapter 13 of Megilat Ta'anit: The Jews in the wilderness were decreed to die in the wilderness and not enter Israel. The First Temple was destroyed. The Second Temple ...
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What sad/terrible events actually took place on the 9th of Av?

Here are additional events to the ones already noted in other answers Expulsion from England (1290): The Jews of England were expelled by King Edward I (chabad.org) French expulsion (1306): The Jews ...
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Jerusalem Uninhabited?

Two thousand years beforehand, they may not have said this text. Rambam's text, for example, does not have it, nor do Seder Rav Amram Gaon (ed. Harpenes: Seder Tisha B'av), or Seder Rav Sa'adya Gaon, ...
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What halachos are different on the day of Tisha B'Av in a year where the fast is pushed to Sunday?

The only difference mentioned in Rishonim that I'm aware of regards a circumcision on Sunday 10 Av. The Shulchan Arukh (OC 559:9) rules like the Mordechai that the members of a circumcision (father/...
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Tisha b Av calendar confusion

This year the ninth day of the month of Av fell on Shabbat. Since fasting on Shabbat is forbidden, the holiday of Tisha b'av (which literally translates as "the Ninth of Av", hence the confusion) was ...
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What sad/terrible events actually took place on the 9th of Av?

Heinrich Himmler received the formal command from the Nazi Party to initiate the Final Solution, an order which resulted in millions of Jewish deaths. This happened on Tisha B'Av in 5701, which ...
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May one learn Torah on Tisha B'Av if he enjoys learning anything?

Yalkut Yosef Ta'anit 554.52 brings down a very relevant qualification for learning even those subjects that are allowed to be learned on 9-Av. "Although it is permissible to read all the above (the ...
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May one learn Torah on Tisha B'Av if he enjoys learning anything?

See Taz Siman 524 sk 1(1) (I will not say exactly the same thing but reading the Taz I think an answer to the question). He describes a situation in which the pupils don't have pleasure with the study ...
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How to sit on the floor comfortably

The Mishna Berurah in siman 559 writes: ועיין באחרונים דמותר להניח תחתיו שק או כר קטן. וגם יוכל לישב על ספסל נמוך למי שקשה לו לישב על הארץ: One may place a bag or a small pillow underneath ...
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Why did Rebbe want to get rid of Tishah b’Av Nidcheh?

1 - The Or Sameach תענית ה/ו writes that according to the Avodraham that fasting on Shabbos is only forbidden mi'd'oraisa if it's for the full 24 hours, there is an answer to your question, about the ...
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Is it permitted to play softball on Tisha b'Av?

The Three Weeks by Rabbi Cohen pg 145-146 "One should try not to divert one's mind from mourning on Tishah B'Av. Therefore it is proper to refrain from all pleasurable activities, such as taking a ...
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Tallit on Shabbat which is 9 av

One does not perform any outer acts of mourning during Shabbos, even if it's the ninth of Av (see Mishnah Berurah 552:23 and 553:6). The custom is those who normally wear a Tallis at Shacharis to ...
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What to do regarding postponed havdalah on a plane?

The criterion for beverages for havdalah (and kiddush, and the four cups at Pesach) is that they be chamer medina, a "national drink" or something you would serve guests. According to the OU: In a ...
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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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10 of Av for Sefardim

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 ...
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Contradiction between Beit Yosef and the Shulchan Aruch in O.C. תקנז

The Beit Yosef doesn't say to say it only at מנחה. He brings opinions on both sides and doesn't state his own opinion. I think this might have caused the confusion: When he says ושפשט המנהג כדברי ...
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Does a pregnant or nursing woman fast on a postponed Tish'ah B'Av?

Nishmat writes Whether a pregnant woman is exempt from fasting on a delayed Tisha B'Av is a matter of halachic debate. There is further debate regarding the halachic status of the first three ...
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Why is there a difference between meat/wine and other restrictions after delayed Tisha B'av

There's little reason to expect them to have the same rule. When the day after the fast of Tisha Bav is on 10 Av there is the reason you stated to adopt the restrictive custom: the Temple started ...
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Is it permissible to learn Hilchot Teshuva on Tisha Beav?

Not only is it permissible, but it is correct to do so according to the Meiri (Moed Katan 21a- Aveilus) . The Meiri explains that learning things that arouses one to do teshuva is a good thing. See ...
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How do hats contrast with sounds?

Peirush Lev Aharon (Kinnah 31, this Kinnah) asks the very same question and notes that the hats were worn "לכבוד ולתפארת", as an honor and beauty (Exodus 28:40), as emphasized by the author of this ...
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Why don't we say Ein KeLokeinu on Tisha BeAv?

Nit'ei Gavriel, Hilchot Bein HaMetzarim 62 fn 7 quotes an explanation from Responsa Zera Emet as to the common custom to omit shir shel yom and ein kelokeinu from shacharit and instead to recite them ...
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Havdalah on Motzaei Shabbos Tishah B'Av

The final bracha of havdala must be recited with the cup of wine. The original institution of havdalah was with a cup of wine and therefore the bracha after the wine was invalid without it. However, ...
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Nachem at maariv/shacharit

The question and the answer are in Magen Avraham OC 557. Shulchan Aruch: בְּתִשְׁעָה בְּאָב אוֹמֵר בְּבוֹנֵה יְרוּשָׁלַיִם: נַחֵם ה' אֱלֹהֵינוּ אֶת אֲבֵלֵי צִיּוֹן וְכו', וַעֲנֵנוּ בְּשׁוֹמֵעַ ...
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Source that Tisha B'av is the day of mourning for all tragedies, even if they did not fall out then?

Rashi (or pesudo-Rashi) to II Chronicles 35:25 writes: כשמזדמן להם שום צער ובכיה שהם מקוננים ובוכים על המאורע הם מזכירים זה הצער עמו דוגמא בתשעה באב שמזכירים קינות על ההרוגים בגזירות שאירעו ...
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Torah Shabbos Tisha b'Av After Chatzos

This issue is discussed at some length by Magen Avraham 553:7 (on the words of Rema which you quoted): א"כ ק"ו אם חל ט"ב בשבת שאסור ללמוד כל היום דהא אסור מדינא ללמוד בט"ב ועוד דהא דברים שבצנעה ...
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Tefillin at chatzos on Tisha BAv

The Shulchan Aruch (558:1) mentions that the Beth HaMikdash was set on fire towards the evening of the 9th and burnt until sunset the next day. א בְּתִשְׁעָה בְּאָב לְעֵת עֶרֶב הִצִּיתוּ אֵשׁ ...
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"Guidelines" on whether a person who davens b'yechidus has to read eichah on Tisha B'av

This is what it says - "312. Should Eicha and kinnos be recited by a person who must remain at home? A person at home should try to recite them, if possible." The source given in the back is "מ''...
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