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What Are the Special Laws of Tisha B'av?

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Question: What are the special laws of Tisha B'av?

Answer: This Wednesday night - Thursday is Tisha B’Av. On this tragic date, the negative report of the Spies, the destruction of both Batei Mikdash as well as the fall of Betar, & the Inquisition all took place. A simple meal, with no meat, wine or zimun (call to order) at Birkat HaMazon precedes the fast. We may not eat, drink, bathe (you may wash your fingers upon waking), apply creams,ointments or lotions (except for medicinal purposes), wear leather shoes or have marital relations during Tisha B’Av. We avoid greetings & Torah study. We also avoid working, if at all possible, at least until midday on Thursday. When we daven in shul, we take the Parochet off the Aron on Wed. nite & Eicha (Lamentations) is said, sitting low, in dim light. Kinot are also said by day. Talit & T’filin are worn at Mincha on Thursday, rather than at Shacharit. "Anenu" & "Nachem" are added to the Mincha Amida. The Torah is read in the morning (Dev. 4:25) & also at Mincha (Shmot 32:11). Meat & wine should be avoided until Friday midday. (NOTE: This year, most - if not all of us - will be saying Eicha at home, which is perfectly permissible).
Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.
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