Saturday, July 21, 2012

Illness on Tisha b'Av


Must one who is ill fast on Tishah b'Av?

In a normal year, one who is ill is technically exempt from fasting on Tishah b'Av. Illness includes fever and stomach trouble, beyond minor aches and pains or the standard symptoms of fasting. However, the normal practice is to fast even if one is ill, unless one is experiencing extreme pain or facing danger.

In a year such as this, when Tishah b'Av is pushed from Shabbat to Sunday, one may refrain from fasting even if one's pain is not extreme.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 554:6; Shvus Yaakov 3:37; Aruch haShulchan 554:7; Biur Halachah 559 v'eino)

המצפה לישועה,

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