Friday, July 21, 2017

Eating Meat During the Nine Days

Eating Meat During the Nine Days
Day: Friday
Date: July 21, 2017
Parshat: Matot/Mas'ei
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 551

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Our custom is to refrain from eating chicken or meat from after Rosh Hodesh Av through the tenth of Av. At a seudat mitzvah however, such as a Brit, or a Sheva Berachot, it is permitted as long as one came to be part of the celebration and not just to eat meat. Children may be given chicken and meat if they are still young and do not yet understand the idea of mourning for the Bet Hamikdash. Our custom is to also not eat food that was cooked with meat even if there are no pieces of meat in the food. However, food cooked in a meat pot may be eaten if there was no meat cooked with the food. It is permissible on Erev Shabbat to taste the Shabbat food even if that includes meat, since tasting the Shabbat food is part of the mitzvah of honoring Shabbat.

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