Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Nine Days - Laundry, Part II


We have been learning the laws of the Nine Days of Mourning for the Beit HaMikdash, which precede the fast day of Tishah b'Av, and we have discussed the issue of laundering clothing during the Nine Days.

One may wash clothes for small children, up until Tishah b'Av.

This assumes two factors:
1. The child is below the age at which children are trainable in issues of mourning for the Temple (this varies by child, but it seems to be anywhere between 5 and 10 years old), and
2. There is some need for these articles of clothing.

One who is washing such clothing should only do small amounts at a time. One should do it in private rather than at a public laundry, lest people see the laundering and not understand that this is a special case.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 551:14; Mishneh Berurah 551:83-84)

Have a good day,

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