Sunday, August 3, 2008

Going to work on Tishah b'Av


During both the night and day of Tishah b'Av, one is not supposed to engage in activities which will remove his mind from the day's theme of mourning. Nonetheless, one is permitted to go to work unless there is a local custom of refraining from going to work on Tishah b'Av.

Even if others do go to work, one is permitted to personally refrain from working. This is not considered a blatant departure from local custom; many people take days off.

One who is at work should strive to keep his mind on the mourning elements of the day, and must practice all of the standard Tishah b'Av practices.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 554:21-22)

Be well,

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