Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The day after Tisha b'Av


Although the prohibitions of Tisha b’Av end with Tisha b’Av, the practices of the Nine Days – refraining from meat and wine, not bathing for pleasure, not laundering or wearing fresh clean clothing and not attending celebrations – continue until midday the next day. Midday is 1:07 PM in Allentown this year.

This is because we are taught that the Beit haMikdash (Temple) burned until midday on the Tenth of Av.

[Note that there is an exception to this rule: As we have discussed, when Tisha b'Av occurs on a Saturday night and Sunday, Havdalah after Tisha b'Av is done with wine/grape juice.]

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 558:1; Mishneh Berurah 558:3)

Be well,

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