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Summary of Halachos (Laws) for the Three Weeks – 5778

Three Weeks: Sunday, July 1 – Sunday, July 22, 2018
Tisha B’Av: Motzei Shabbos, July 21 – Sunday July 22, 2018

Schedule: Shiva Asar B'Tamuz - Sunday, July 1
3:59a Fast Begins
7:15, 8:00, 9:00a Shacharis
8:15a Daf Yomi
8:05p Mincha/Maariv
9:20p Fast ends

Schedule: Tisha B'Av: Motzei Shabbos, Sunday, July 22
7:15, 9:00am Shacharis (9:00am minyan followed by explanatory Kinos also streaming live at
1:50, 7:45pm Mincha
3:00pm Rejection, Redemption and Restoration – Finding Meaning in the Pain: Rabbi Silber for WIT (BJSZ)
4:30pm Film Presentation: Hidden, Room 2/3 (for film trailer click here)
8:15pm Kumzitz
8:50pm Maariv
9:10pm Fast Ends, Havdallah
10:15pm Daf Yomi

  • Customs of the Three Weeks:

    • The Three Weeks begin with the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (observed on Sunday, July 1st 2018), and end midday on the 11th of Av, Monday, July 23rd. Since the actual date of the 17th of Tammuz is Shabbos, and we are prohibited from fasting on Shabbos, the fast is observed the next day, the 18th of Tammuz, Sunday July 1st. Similarly, the 9th of Av falls on Shabbos, and the fast is observed the next day, Sunday, July 22nd.
    • The custom is to refrain from getting haircuts, listening to music and playing musical instruments during the Three Weeks.
    • Weddings should not be performed during this period. Engagements can take place until Rosh Chodesh Av, with a meal, and from Rosh Chodesh through Tisha B’Av, without a meal.
    • The custom is to refrain from reciting the blessing of She’hechiyanu on new garments, fruit, and the like. However, one may recite She’hechiyanu on Shabbos.


 Halachos of the Nine Days (beginning with Rosh Chodesh Av, Thursday night, July 12th (from sunset) until the morning of the 11th of Av, Monday, July 23rd:

  • Abstain from eating meat and drinking wine. Wine and meat are permitted on Shabbos or at a Seudas Mitzvah (eg. a Siyum).
  • Refrain from cleaning or laundering clothing. If one has a limited supply of clothing and needs the soiled garment, laundering is permitted. Laundering of children’s clothing is permitted. Because the fast of Tisha B'Av is delayed until Sunday this year, one is permitted to do laundry, listen to music and take a haircut immediately after the fast.

When Tisha B'Av falls on a Sunday (as it does this year), the Seudah HaMafsekes does not have the usual restrictions (ie. meat and wine are permitted). However, it must be completed before sunset.

  • Eating, drinking, bathing, wearing leather shoes, learning Torah, and marital relations are prohibited on Tisha B’Av.
  • One is permitted to wash one’s hands in the morning up until the knuckles.
  • Tallis and Tefillin are not worn in the morning during Shacharis. They are worn during Mincha.
  • The complete Havdalah is not recited Motzei Shabbos (July 21st). We make the Berachos of Borei Miorei HaEysh but the rest of Havdallah (HaGafen and HaMavdil) is recited at the end of the fast (Sunday, July 22nd) on a cup of wine.
  • The only prohibition to remain in effect immediately following the fast is that of eating meat and drinking wine, which holds for the remainder of the night of July 22nd. There are no prohibitions on Monday the 11th of Av, July 23rd. 

Torah Connections Post Kinos Program
Additional Tisha B'Av programming worldwide:
OU Live Webcast
Live webcasts from Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb and Rabbi Steven Weil.
Hidabroot Tisha B'Av Marathon 
Popular speakers will include The Chief Rabbis of Israel and many more world renowned lecturers from Israel, New York and France.

Tue, March 19 2019 12 Adar II 5779