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When do the rules of the Nine Days end?

by Rabbi Simcha Bart


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All the laws of the Nine Days (and the Three Weeks) are in effect until halachic midday of the day after Tishah B'Av, the 10th of Av.

This is because The Holy Temple was set on fire on the afternoon of the 9th of Av, and the majority of it was actually destroyed on the 10th.1 Therefore, the laws of the Nine Days extend until midday of the 10th of Av. 

Click here to find out the exact time for midday on the 10th of Av in your area.

Ed. note: Also read "When the do the rules pertaining to the Nine Days start?"]

*For the year 2012 and any year in which the Fast of Tishah B'Av falls on Shabbat and must be pushed off to Sunday: Havdalah is recited post-fast on Sunday night for which one may drink wine**. Already on Sunday night one is already permitted to cut his/her hair, do laundry, listen to music, and recite 'Shehechiyanu', but any other drinking of wine and the consumption of meat must wait till Monday morning. (**Note: Sometime on Saturday night, the usual Havdalah blessing on a flame should be recited, but we do not recite the blessing on spices.) Call your local Orthodox Rabbi in order to clarify your community's customs.


  • 1. Some Sages of the Talmud actually fasted thru the 10th of Av, or at least until the morning of the 10th.


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(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
The fifth month of the Jewish calendar, normally corresponding to July-August. The saddest month of the year due to the destruction of the Temples, and the many other tragedies which befell the Jews in this month.
Prayer signifying the end of the Sabbath or Jewish holiday. This "separation" prayer is recited after nightfall over a cup of wine.
1. Usually a reference to the Holy Temple which was/will be situated in Jerusalem. 1st Temple was built in 825 BCE and was destroyed in 423 BCE. The 2nd Temple was built in 350 BCE and was destroyed in 70 CE. The 3rd Temple will be built by the Messiah. 2. A synagogue.