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881. Committing in Advance to a Fast
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127:2 If an individual wants to take a fast upon himself, he must commit to do so the day before at mincha. In the bracha of Shema Koleinu, he should resolve in his heart that he will fast and before saying “Yihiyu l’ratzon imrei fi” at the end of Shemoneh Esrei, he should say “Master […]
880. A Personal Fast
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126:4 One should be careful not to watch the hunts of the non-Jews, nor their dances and other celebrations. If one should hear the sounds of their celebrations, he should sigh and be sad over the destruction of Jerusalem, and he should daven to Hashem on behalf of Jerusalem. One may not attend even a […]
879. Remembering the Churban at a Wedding
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126:2 The Sages also instituted that when arranging a festive meal for guests, even for the sake of a mitzvah, one should not provide every type of food that might be served at such a meal. (Meals on Shabbos and yom tov should not lack anything – Mishnah Brurah 560:5.)  Similarly, a woman should not […]
872. Tallis and Tefillin on Tisha b’Av
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124:18 If a baby is to be circumcised on Tisha b’Av, the circumcision should be done after finishing the kinos. The father, the mother, the sandek and the mohel may all wear Shabbos clothes in honor of the mitzvah but they must change out of them after the bris. (They may not wear brand-new clothes […]
871. Sitting on Chairs
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124:16 The practice is not to sit on a chair, neither at night nor during the day until midday.  Rather, one sits on the ground and moves to a chair after midday. (One may sit on a cushion rather than directly on the ground; even a low stool would be permitted if sitting on the […]
870. Smoking on Tisha b’Av
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124:14 One should not go for a walk in the marketplace on Tisha b’Av in order that he should not to come to frivolity or enjoyment.  Some authorities prohibit smoking tobacco on Tisha b’Av, while others permit it after midday in the privacy of one’s own home. (Editor’s note: this halacha does not reflect the […]
869. Greeting Someone on Tisha b’Av
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124:12 Marital relations are forbidden on Tisha b’Av. One should be strict even when it comes to touching his wife. 124:13 One may not greet another person on Tisha b’Av. Even to wish someone good morning is prohibited. (It is advisable to inform those who may not know this law as to why we are […]
868. Anointing, Shoes on Tisha b’Av
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124:10 Like washing, anointing is only prohibited when done for pleasure. Therefore, if a person has itchy skin or must anoint for some other medical reason, he may do so. 124:11 Only leather shoes are prohibited. Shoes made from cloth and similar materials are permitted so long as the soles are not made of leather.  […]