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What is Tishah b'Av?

Tishah b'Av, also known as the 9th of Av, is one of the two annual 25 hour long fast days. Known as the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, Tishah b'Av is...

Can I brush my teeth or shower on Tishah B'Av?

It is not permitted to brush teeth, rinse out your mouth, or shower/bathe on the 9th of Av. [Ed. note: Please also read "What is forbidden...

When do we begin saying Selichot and why?

Before the High Holidays it is customary to recite early morning Selichot.1 Generally speaking there are two different customs for when we begin this pre...

When do the rules of the Nine Days end?

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...

Revealing the Spiritual in Nature

And on your day of gladness, and on your festivals, and on your new moons...."1 Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the lunar month, is called literally...

What is the "Blessing of the New Month"?

Before beginning the Musaf prayer on Shabbat Mevarchim,1   the incoming new month is "blessed." This short prayer is called "Birkat Hachodesh" -- the...

What is Shabbat Mevarchim?

The Shabbat which precedes the arrival of every new Jewish month is called "Shabbat Mevarchim," the "Shabbat [when] we Bless." During...

What are the rules for the Ten Days of Repentance?

The Ten Days of Repentance begin with the two days of Rosh Hashanah and conclude on Yom Kippur. Obviously, the High Holy Days have rules all their own, so...

What is Isru Chag?

Isru Chag is the day after a chag (holiday). Isru means to bind. The day after the chag enjoys an afterglow of the chag and is therefore "bound"...

Why do Jews consider Tuesday to be a lucky day?

“Lucky” is not really the correct terminology, since Jews believe in Divine Providence, not luck. Perhaps auspicious would be better. The...