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Laws of Nine Days-Tisha Ba’av Schedule

Jul 15th, 2015 by nzakon | 0

Nine Day Laws and Tisha Ba’av Schedule 

The nine days are the days starting with sunset Thursday evening July 16 leading up to and including Tisha Ba’av. These are days of mourning and sadness with certain limitations in activities.


  • One should not shop, do renovations or plant for pleasure without real necessity.

Eating Meat and Drinking Wine

  • The custom is to refrain from eating meat and poultry or drinking wine and grape juice during the nine days. This also pertains to children.
  • Eating meat and drinking wine is permitted on Shabbos.


  • Laundering is prohibited even for use after Tisha B’Av. One may not even give clothing to a non-Jewish cleaner.
  • The prohibition of laundering includes linens, tablecloths, and towels.
    Children’s diapers and clothing that constantly get dirty may be washed by need even during the week of Tisha B’Av, in private.

Wearing Freshly Laundered Clothing

  • It is forbidden to wear freshly laundered clothing during the nine days. This includes all clothing except that which is worn to absorb perspiration.
  • Therefore, one must prepare before the nine days by wearing freshly laundered suits, pants, shirts, dresses, blouses and the like for a short time so that they may be worn during the nine days. Socks, undershirts and underwear need not be prepared.
  • Here too, the prohibition of using freshly laundered items applies to linens, tablecloths, and towels.
  • One may wear freshly laundered Shabbos clothing, as well as use clean tablecloths and towels. Changing bed linen though is prohibited.

Bathing and Swimming

  • The custom is not to bathe for pleasure even in cold water.
  • Bathing in cold water for medical reasons or to remove dirt or perspiration is permitted. (Where cold water is required, hot water may be added to cold water as long as the mixture is not comfortably warm.)
  • Swimming is prohibited except for medical reasons.

Tisha Baav Schedule

       Fast begins 8:31 P.M. We say Havdala in Shemona Esrei as on a regular Saturday evening but the full Havdala is said Sunday evening. 

        We do say the bracha “Borie Meorei Haish” over fire Saturday eve right after saying Baruch Hamavdil bein kodesh lichol when Shabbos ends.

       Maariv 9:20 P.M. followed by reading of Eicha and Kinos

       Shachris (Tallis and Tefillin are not worn) 9:00 A.M. 

       Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation Video A 2:00 P.M.

       Project Witness documentary “In One Split Second: The Destruction Of Hungarian Jewry” 4:00 P.M.

      Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation Video B 6:00 P.M.

       Mincha (with Tallis and Tefillin) 7:45 P.M.

       Maariv 9:00 P.M.

       Fast ends 9:15 P.M.

       Havdala is recited before eating. We only say the brocha over wine and the actual Havdala bracha.

       A full listing of the laws of Tisha Baav will be posted early next week.

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