Thursday, August 7, 2008

Last Tisha b'Av reminders


A few reminders before the fast:

At sunset on Shabbat afternoon, the fast and the prohibitions against bathing or annointing one's skin for pleasure and the prohibition against marital relations begin.

We do not wash ourselves; if our hands are dirty, we use a little bit of water on the dirty spot to clean that dirt off. Upon rising from sleep, and after using the bathroom, we wash up to the knuckle where the fingers meet the hand.

After Shabbat, we do not wear leather shoes and we sit on the floor or a low stool.

May this be the last year when we need to observe Tisha b'Av,

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