With the 9 days starting at the beginning of next week, and Tishha B’av following, it’s important to make sure you’re familiar with the practical laws and halachahs associated with this mournful time of year.
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen, author of Laws of Daily Living: The Three Weeks and Tishah B’av told ArtScroll that the shailos that he commonly gets around this time of year are practical questions that we all encounter. For example:
My favorite store is running a sale, am I allowed to shop now?
I ran out of clean towels. Can I wash some?
Can I have my contractor continue the renovations on my bungalow, or should we wait until after Tishah B’av?
My children are constantly getting their clothes dirty. Can I wash their clothes during the nine days?
What should I do about taking showers during the nine days?
May I water my garden plants to keep them healthy?
In Laws of Daily Living: The Three Weeks and Tishah B’av, Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen answers these questions, along with all of the halachic queries you might have, from the simple to the most complex, This week’s download offers a selection from the laws pertaining to the 9 days preceding Tishah B’av.
We all hope that this Tishah B’av won’t be a day of mourning. But in case it is, it’s important to be prepared by learning the laws:
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