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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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