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17th Tammuz

Fasting – Recovering from Heart Attack - I had a heart attack 7 weeks ago. I have thankfully recovered but am still somewhat weakened. Should I fast on the upcoming Shiva Asar b’Tammuz? More
Swimming on Fast Days, Dangerous Activities - Is there any prohibition with swimming on a minor fast day, such as the upcoming Shiva Asar b’Tammuz? More

Three Weeks

A Cappella - I know we don’t listen to music during the Three Weeks and Sefirah, as well as mourners. What about a cappella? Some groups even use their voices to mimic instrumentation, and I can hardly tell I’m not... More
Purchasing Shoes, Inexpensive Clothes - My shoes are starting to fall apart. Is there any issue with buying them during the Three Weeks? More
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Nine Days

Swimming for Exercise, Swimming Lessons - I am recovering from a back injury I suffered last year. My physical therapist provided me with a swimming regimen to help strengthen the relevant muscles and increase my mobility. Can I keep up my... More
Washing Clothes – Exceptional Circumstances - My son just came on a one-day leave from the army with dirty laundry. He is basically out of clean clothes. Can I wash his clothes during the 9 Days? If so, can I hang them out as usual or should I dry... More

Tisha B'Av

High-Risk Pregnancy - When Tisha B’Av comes, I will be in my eighth month of pregnancy. My pregnancy has been a bit risky, and my doctor is concerned that fasting will induce early labor for me. Should I still try to fast? More

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