Friday, August 1, 2014

Cutting Ones Nails During the She via Shechal Bo

Cutting Ones Nails During the She via Shechal Bo
Day: Friday
Date: August 1, 2014
Parshat: Devarim
Yalkut Yosef: 551

One may comb or brush his hair during the shavua shechal bo even though it'll cause hair to fall out. Some poskim forbid cutting ones nails during the week of Tisha Be'av and some allow it. The accepted custom is to allow one to cut his nails. Even those who do not allow cutting ones nails do allow it if the nails extend beyond the end of the person finger.

During the shavua shechal bo we do not do any laundry. The prohibition against washing clothes applies even if a person has only one outfit, he still would not be able to wash it during the week. Likewise, we also may not wear fresh clothes, including undergarments. In hot climates where it is necessary to change clothing, one may wear the garments in advance for a short time so that they will not be considered freshly laundered when he puts them on later. One may switch garments a number of times before the shavua shechal bo starts just so that he can wear them once it starts. This may even be done on Shabbat and is not considered preparing for the weekday since he is using them on Shabbat. If a person didn't prepare any clothing beforehand and he's danger of losing his self respect, he may wear fresh clothes.

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