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Aveilah Giving Mishloach Manos

Question: Every year, my wife bakes cookies for M"M and the whole neighborhood is very excited to receive them (they are extraordinary). This year, she is in aveilus for her father z"l. It seems from the hilchos aveilus seforim that an avel CAN give M'M, although others should not give him/her. Still, there is reference to the avel NOT giving "devarim shel simcha," such as wine, but this seems to apply only ...

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Avel Attending Kollel Dinner

Question: Is it mutar for an avel (תוך י"ב חודש לאביו) to attend a dinner for a mosad? What about a dinner to benefit a Kollel and a yungerman in the Kollel is an avel ל"ע? There will be no music at the dinner. Answer: The minhag of Ashkenazim brought in Y:D 391:2 is not to attend any seuda, even a seudas mitzvah which is without music and rejoicing. To attend a dinner would seem to be included in this minh ...

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Appropriate Time to Visit the Beis HaChaim

Question: I'm soon completing a year of Aveylus after my father הכ’מ His 1st Yohr Tzeit will be on Gimel Shvat. For reasons brought by Achronim, I have refrained from visiting his grave site. The Matzeyva was set up a number of months ago, and of course, I was there. I am a Cohen, although that's not entirely relevant, as I don't go close anyway. Gimel Shvat is a Shabbos. When should the family go according ...

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