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Av (ahv) — 1) Fifth Jewish month
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Three Weeks: Three Stages of Mourning
Seventeenth of Tamuz to Tish'a B'Av: Three Stages of Mourning
Before Tish’a b’Av we are in a type of mourning so the...
Halachic Decisions (Psak): Mitigating Circumstances
Shalom Bayit or Honoring One's Parents (Kibud Av Va'Eim)
The only type of laws that may sometimes be overridden to help with...
Tish’a B’Av
Tish'a B'Av: Flying
You should not fly on Tish’a b’Av , even if you are...
Tish’a B’Av
Tish'a B'Av: Pre-Fast Meal
You may say birkat ha’mazon with a mezuman or with a minyan...
Tish’a B’Av
Tish'a B'Av: Teeth Brushing
On Tish’a b’Av , you may not brush your teeth using...
Tish’a B’Av
Tish'a B'Av: Tefilin
Tish’a b’Av is similar to the day of burial of a person...
Tzitzit: Blessings
Tzitzit: Blessings: Tish'a B'Av
On Tish’a B’Av , say a blessing on tzitzit in the...
Tish’a B’Av
Tish'a B'Av: Hand Washing
On Tish’a B’Av , as on Yom Kippur , if you must wash...
Tish’a B’Av
Tish'a B'Av: On Saturday Night
When Tish’a B’Av begins on Saturday night, the custom is...
Tish’a B’Av
Tish'a B'Av: What To Do after 12 Noon
After halachic midday on Tish’a B’Av , you may do any...
Tish’a B’Av
Tish'a B'Av: What To Do until 12 Noon
Activities for Tish’a B’Av until halachic midday :...
Chanuka: Background
Chanuka: Why Asher Kidshanu
Chazal have the authority to make laws, so we say “Who...
Three Weeks: Restrictions
Three Weeks: Moving into New Dwelling
You may move into a new home or apartment, whether owning or renting,...
Three Weeks: Restrictions
Three Weeks: Socializing
Activities for socializing are not prohibited during the Three Weeks...
Three Weeks: Risky Activities
Three Weeks: Dangerous Activities
We are discouraged from doing dangerous activities during the Three...
Yom Kippur: Washing
Yom Kippur: Washing To Remove Tum'a
On Yom Kippur (as on Tish’a b’Av ), if you must wash...
Tachanun
Shacharit: Tachanun: When Not To Say
Tachanun is related to judgment. Tachanun is NOT said at times of...
Psalm 27/L'David Adonai Ori V'Yish'i
When To Say Psalm 27/L'David Adonai Ori V'Yish'i
Begin saying L'David Adonai ori v'yish'i (Psalm 27) on the...
Shiv'a: Torah Study
Torah Study during Shiv'a
A mourner during shiv’a may not study Torah, other than:...
HAIRCUTS/SHAVING
When Haircuts and Shaving Are Forbidden
Here are the times when men and women are forbidden to get haircuts and...
Brit Mila: Festive Meal
Brit Mila: Fast Day
If a brit mila is performed on Tish’a b’Av or other...
Kiddush Levana: When To Say
Kiddush Levana: When To Say: Custom not To Say
It is customary not to say kiddush levana: During the...
SIDDUR GUIDE: How To Pray in Synagogue
Introduction to How To Pray in Synagogue
The synagogue ( shul ) prayer service may confuse the unfamiliar....
Introduction to Fast Days
Introduction to Fast Days
Introduction to Fast Days The purpose of Jewish fast days is to...
First Nine Days of Av
Nine Days: Kiddush Levana
If you are not likely to see the moon on any of the days from the 10th...
First Nine Days of Av
Nine Days: Restrictions
Restrictions during the Nine Days before Tish’a b’Av...
Fast Days: Eating
Fast Days: Tasting Food
You may not taste food (even a minimal amount) on a fast day, even if...
Handwashing for Tum'a: General Concepts
Minimum Amount of Hand Coverage
When washing to remove tum'a , the ideal is to pour water...

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