Tisha b-Av

“Tisha b-Av”The following blessing is said in place of the regular “Dwell within” blessing: “Have mercy O MAR’ YAH our ALLAHA, upon us and upon Israel Your people, and on Jerusalem Your city, the city of mourning and desolate destruction, which is given over to the hand of foreigners, sitting with her head veiled like a barren women who never gave birth. Legions have swallowed … Continue reading Tisha b-Av

The “Three Weeks”

The three-week period between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and the Ninth of Av is dubbed by our Sages “Between the Straits,” based on the verse (Eicha 1, 3), “All of her enemies overtook her between the straits.” Our Sages tell us that these three weeks between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and the Ninth of Av are when our enemies entered the holy city of Jerusalem … Continue reading The “Three Weeks”

When Av Begins, We Reduce Our Joy

When Av Begins, We Reduce Our Joy Today, Sunday, is Erev Rosh Chodesh Av. Tomorrow, Monday, is Rosh Chodesh Av, may Hashem soon change it to a month of joy and celebration. The Jewish Nation’s Fortune during the Month of Av Although we customarily implement some mourning customs during the entire “Three Weeks” as we have mentioned in previous Halachot, when the month of Av … Continue reading When Av Begins, We Reduce Our Joy

Babysitting On Shabbat

Babysitting On Shabbat Question: May one hire a babysitter to watch one’s children on Shabbat and pay Her on Friday or on Motza’ei Shabbat or is this forbidden? Answer: The Gemara (Baba Metzia 58a) states That our Sages Enacted That one may not pay a worker for work Performed on Shabbat, for this is Similar to Monetary transactions Which are forbidden on Shabbat. Hiring a … Continue reading Babysitting On Shabbat

Listening to Music during the “Three Weeks”

Listening to Music during the “Three Weeks” All forms of dancing are forbidden during the three weeks between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and the Ninth of Av, even when there is no musical accompaniment.   This applies even when the dancing conforms to the laws of modesty and holiness observed by the Jewish nation, i.e. men dancing alone and women dancing alone with a partition … Continue reading Listening to Music during the “Three Weeks”

ABCs of Tisha B’Av & the Three Weeks

ABCs of Tisha B’Av & the Three Weeks by Rabbi Shraga Simmons The Jewish national period of mourning. » Click here for the complete Tisha B’Av section « View overview video: Crash Course on Tisha B’Av The “Three Weeks” between the 17th of Tammuz and the Tisha B’Av have historically been days of misfortune and calamity for the Jewish people. During this time, both the First and Second Temples … Continue reading ABCs of Tisha B’Av & the Three Weeks