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1,391. More Restrictions of Tisha b’Av
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Hilchos Taaniyos 5:9 This procedure described in the previous few halachos is the practice observed by the average people, who are incapable of doing more. In contrast, the practice observed by pious people of earlier generations was that one would sit alone between the oven and the stove; others would bring him some dry bread […]
1,390. Eating Before Tisha b’Av
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Hilchos Taaniyos 5:7 All the Tisha b’Av restrictions apply on the preceding night just as they do by day. One may not eat starting from sunset. It is prohibited even between sunset and when the stars appear, just as it is on Yom Kippur. One may not eat meat or drink wine at the meal […]
1,389. Taanis Esther; When Av Enters
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Hilchos Taaniyos 5:5 The universal practice of Jewry is to fast on the aforementioned days and also on 13 Adar, in commemoration of the fasts that the Jews undertook in the time of Haman, as per Esther 9:31, “…the fasts and the outcries.” If 13 Adar falls on Shabbos, the fast is moved up to […]
1,388. The Four Fasts
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Hilchos Taaniyos 5:3 Five tragedies occurred on 9 Av: (i) it was decreed that the Jews in the wilderness would not enter Israel; (ii-iii) both the first and the second Temples were destroyed; (iv) the city of Beitar was captured. This city was inhabited by many thousands of Jews. Their ruler was considered by both […]
1,387. Fasting for Historic Tragedies
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Hilchos Taaniyos 5:1 On the following days, the entire Jewish people fasts because of historic tragedies that occurred, in order to move their hearts and motivate them to repent. The fasts remind us of our misconduct and that of our ancestors, which resembles ours and brought about the aforementioned tragedies. We remind ourselves of these […]
1,386. Going to the Cemetery on a Fast
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Hilchos Taaniyos 4:18 In all places, when a series of seven fasts was declared, everyone would go to the cemetery after davening, where they would cry and recite supplications to suggest that if they don’t change their ways, then they are comparable to the deceased in their graves. Whenever communal fasts were declared because of […]
1,385. Blowing Trumpets in Prayers for Fasts
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Hilchos Taaniyos 4:16 The same is true in the second bracha, which is the first of the six that were added: the shaliach tzibbur would conclude the bracha, “Blessed are You, Hashem our God, God of Israel, for all eternity. Blessed are You, Hashem, Who remembers the forgotten.” The people replied, “Blessed be the Name […]
1,384. Prayer for Fasts in Jerusalem
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Hilchos Taaniyos 4:14 For the seventh bracha, the shaliach tzibbur begins, “Refa’einu…” (“Heal us…”) and concludes Shemoneh Esrei as per usual, after which the trumpets are blown. This is the order of these prayers in all locations. Hilchos Taaniyos 4:15 When reciting this series of brachos in Jerusalem, the people would gather on the Temple […]