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Can we drink kiddush or havdalah wine during the Nine Days?

Although the consumption of wine (and grape juice) is forbidden during the Nine Days of mourning, on Shabbat we do not practice any of the laws of...

Why do we fast on the Seventeenth of Tammuz?

The fast of the Seventeenth of Tammuz (Shivah Assar b'Tammuz) commemorates five sad events1 which occurred on this date:1. Moses broke the tablets...

What are "The Three Weeks"?

“The Three Weeks” refers to the 21 days between the Fast Days of 17 Tammuz and 9 Av. This usually takes place in July.1 This period is...

What is the protocol for "The Three Weeks"?

A. During the three weeks between 17 Tammuz and 9 AV,1 we maintain a semi-mourning attitude. We don’t:2 1. Make weddings. (It is however permitted...

What are the (laws of the) Nine Days?

The first nine days of the month of Av (and half of the tenth1) are days of mourning for the two Jewish Temples in Jerusalem that were destroyed during...

What happened on the Ninth of Av?

Picture this: The Israelites are in the desert, recently having experienced the miraculous Exodus, and are now poised to enter the Promised Land. But...