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Summary of Halachos (Laws) for the Three Weeks – 5780

Three Weeks: Thursday, July 9 – Thursday, July 30 2020
Tisha B’Av: Wednesday night, July 29 - Thursday, July 30

Schedule for Tisha B'Av to follow

  • Customs of the Three Weeks:

    • The Three Weeks begin with the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz, and end midday on the 10th of Av.
    • 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.
    • 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, Tuesday night, July 21st (from sunset) until the morning of the 10th of Av, Friday, July 31st:

  • Abstain from eating meat and drinking wine (one who is unable to eat dairy, should consult the Rabbi about eating poultry). Wine and meat are permitted on Shabbos or at a Seudas Mitzvah (eg. a Siyum).
  • Refrain from bathing or swimming for pleasure.
  • Refrain from activities that carry significant risk to them (eg. a court case).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • All the 5 restriction of the fast Tisha B’Av expire on Thursday evening (7/30). This year, since the 10th of Av falls out on Friday, the other restrictions of the 9 days do not remain in effect until midday on 10 Av, rather they are permitted immediately on Friday morning.
Fri, August 14 2020 24 Av 5780