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17th Tammuz

Brushing Teeth on Minor Fast Day - Is one permitted to brush his teeth or use mouthwash on a minor fast day? More
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
Restrictions on Minor Fast Days - Besides eating and drinking, are there any additional restrictions on the minor holidays, such as bathing, shaving, or listening to music? More
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Three Weeks

3 Weeks / 9 Days – Home Purchase - We’re busy looking to buy a new home this summer. Is there any issue with closing a deal on the Three Weeks or Nine Days? What about moving in during that time? More
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

Nine Days – Home Repairs - Is it permitted to have work done in the house by a contractor, such as a painter, if he's in the middle of a job in the 9 days? More
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
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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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