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Are tzitzit worn on Tishah b'Av morning?


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Rabbi Naftali Silberberg: Shalom-Welcome. How can I help you?

Eli: Since Tallit and Tefillin are not worn during the morning services of Tishah B_Av, does a man wear tallit katan in the morning of Tishah B_Av before Minchah?

Rabbi Naftali Silberberg: yes.1 the Midrash2 says that G-d (so to say) "tore His garment" when the Temple was destroyed. we therefore also shed our outer garment -- the tallit. we still continue to wear the inner Tzitzit

Rabbi Naftali Silberberg: but... there is question whether we recite the tzitzit blessing in the morning. there are different opinions on this matter (consult with your local Halachic authority)3

Eli: Ok. Thank you. Shalom

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  • 1. Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 124:3
  • 2. Eicha Rabba 2:21
  • 3. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch ibid. states you don't say a Blessing.


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Pertaining to Jewish Law.
Black leather boxes containing small scrolls with passages of the Bible written on them. Every day, aside for Sabbath and Jewish holidays, the adult Jewish male is required to wrap the Tefillin--by means of black leather straps--around the weaker arm and atop the forehead.
(Pl. Midrashim). Non-legal material of anecdotal or allegorical nature, designed either to clarify historical material, or to teach a moral point. The Midrashim were compiled by the sages who authored the Mishna and Talmud (200 BCE-500 CE).
A prayer shawl. A large four-cornered woolen garment with fringes attached to its corners in a specific manner. This garment is worn by males during the morning prayers, fulfilling the Biblical obligation of attaching fringes to four-cornered garments.
Literally: the fringes which are attached to four cornered garments, as Biblically mandated. Normally this word refers to a t-shirt sized four cornered garment which contains such fringes, and is usually worn beneath the shirt.
Afternoon prayer service. One of the three prayers a Jew is obligated to pray every day.
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.
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.