Monday, August 8, 2011

Pre-Fast reminders


A few reminders before the fast:

At sunset on Monday 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 wear leather shoes.

We sit on the floor or a low stool until midday on Tuesday; midday is the midpoint between sunrise and sunset, and calculating it depends upon your location.

We do not wash ourselves on Tisha b'Av; 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.

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

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