Sunday, July 26, 2009

Laundry and Haircuts on Thursday night after Tisha b'Av


We interrupt the series on Honesty to note a quirk in this year's Tisha b'Av calendar.

As we noted here, the Beit haMikdash burned until midday on the 10th of Av, and so the mourning practices of the Nine Days continue until then.

However: This year, Tisha b'Av is a Thursday, and we need to start preparing for Shabbat immediately afterward. Therefore, one may bathe, shave and launder clothing right after Tisha b'Av ends. The other mourning practices (such as refraining from music, meat and wine) do continue until midday the following day, which is 1:08 PM this year in Allentown.

(Mishneh Berurah 558:3)

Have a good day,


  1. it is not mishne brura 595:3
    please clarify

  2. Thanks for catching that, Daniel; it's corrected (558) now.