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Sale during the nine days

Question: May clothing which is on sale at a very discounted price be purchased during the nine days? Does it matter that it won’t be delivered until after Tisha B’Av? Answer: It is questionable if clothing may be purchased because of a sale during the nine days. If it will not be delivered until after Tisha B’Av one may certainly be lenient. Otherwise one should refrain, unless it involves significant loss ...

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Siyum

Question: During the nine days we are making a seuda for the shloshim of our grandfather. The grandchildren finished a masechta together, by each one learning a part of the masechta. Being that no one person finished by himself, is this considered a siyum to permit eating meat during the nine days? Answer: While certainly being a commendable practice and great mitzvah, a siyum which creates a seudas mitzvah ...

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Repainting old furniture

Question: I was told that painting a house should not be done during the nine days. Does the same apply to repainting old furniture? Answer: It would seem that painting furniture is not included in the prohibition of “binyan shel simcha”, and thus would be permitted during the nine days. Never the less, in the absence of a specific need, it would be commendable to refrain from beautifying one’s home during ...

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Alterations during the nine days

Question: May one make alterations on a rented gown during the nine days to be used for a simchah after the nine days? Answer: If it is a minor alteration it is permissible. Major alterations which require taking apart and sewing the gown again, should not be done during the nine days. A chosson and kallah may make alterations during the nine days. מקורות: כל איסור תפירה ותיקון בגדים שמצינו בתשעת הימים הוא ...

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Comfortable non leather shoes on tisha bav

Question: Is it permissible to wear comfortable, non leather shoes on tisha bav [like crocs]. Answer: All non leather shoes are permissible on tisha bav. It is praiseworthy to wear shoes or slippers which diminish ones comfort, hence fulfilling the spirit of the law and not just the letter of the law. מקורות: קי"ל בש"ע סי' תקנ"ד סע' טז' כדעת רוב ראשונים שאיסור נעילת סנדל הוא רק בשל עור, ולא חומר אחר, ולא חי ...

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Rinsing mouth out with mouthwash

Question: May I rinse my mouth out with mouthwash on the morning of Tisha B’av? I suffer from very dry mouth in the morning, and without rinsing it is difficult for me to even speak and daven. Answer: It is permitted to rinse one’s mouth in order to alleviate suffering from extreme dry mouth, and to enable normal speech and davening. מקורות:    בגמ' ברכות יד. איתא שהשרוי בתענית מותר לו לטעום ולפלוט, דבתענית ...

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Serving food on a fast day

Question: I am leading a kiruv trip of secular students over the next few weeks. We are responsible to provide them every day with food or money to buy food. What should be done on Shivah Asar B’Tamuz, may we feed them as on a normal day [provide actual food]. If not, could we give  them money specifically to buy food [on their own]? Answer: They could be given money to buy food on the fast day. If this is ...

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Working on a fast day

Question: I am leading a group of secular university students on a 2 week trip to Israel. The trip will overlap with the fast of Shiva Asar B’Tamuz. Working on the trip requires a lot of energy, and will be very difficult while fasting. It will very likely cause me a severe headache at which point I will have to drink. Do I need to take off that day or can I run the trip? Answer: You may run the trip on the ...

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Tvilah after a fast day

Question: My wife’s mikva night falls out on Tuesday night, following the fast [Shiva Asar B’Tamuz]. Fasting makes her extremely weak and tired. If she fasts she will be unable to go to the mikva that night. Is she obligated to fast? Answer: She is obligated to fast, even if this will make her unable to go to the mikva after the fast. In that case, she should go to the mikva the following night [Wednesday n ...

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