17th Tammuz

Brushing Teeth on Minor Fast Day - Is one permitted to brush his teeth or use mouthwash on a minor fast day? More »
Dizzy & Sick From Fasting - It’s almost impossible for me to survive fast days. I get dizzy, sweaty, and nauseous to the point of throwing up. And I’m sick for two days after. I certainly wouldn’t be able to go to synagogue this Yom... 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 »
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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

Engagement Party on Nine Days - I have a friend who is getting married shortly after Tisha B’Av. My friends wanted to celebrate a bachelor party for him next week, during the Nine Days. I didn’t feel it was appropriate but they claimed... More »
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 »
Sewing Clothes on the 9 Days - Are we allowed to sew during the Nine Days? 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 »
Vitamin/Energy Patch on Fast Day - Are you allowed to use an energy or vitamin patch on a fast day? More »
World War One Beginning on Tisha B’Av - I have heard that one of the tragedies which occurred on Tisha B’Av is that World War One began on that day. Can you tell me if that is actually true? On what date did Tisha B’Av fall... out that year? More »
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