Sunday, July 20, 2008

Wine during the Nine Days, Part I


During the Nine Days of mourning preceding Tisha b'Av (other than Shabbat), we neither eat meat nor drink wine. Two reasons are offered for this practice:

1. Consuming meat and wine is consistent with joy, and may induce joy, and

2. Meat and wine were the staples of the Temple offerings, and during the Nine Days we mourn the loss of the Temple.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 551:9)

Be well,

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