Sunday, July 30, 2017

Laws of Erev Tish'a Be'av

Laws of Erev Tish'a Be'av
Day: Thursday
Date: July 27, 2017
Parshat: Devarim
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 551

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It is proper after hatzot on Erev Tish'a Be'av to refrain from learning things other than the laws of Tish'a Be'av, mourning, or other somber topics. However, a person who will feel pained in some one way if he cannot follow his normal Torah study routine may learn any topic he wants.
We eat a meal just before the fast starts called the Seudah Hamafseket. This meal is eaten while sitting on the floor and in groups of less than three to avoid having to have a zimun. If one ate in a group of three or more, no zimun is said.
During this meal we may not eat more than one cooked food. Even if two foods were cooked together in one pot, they are still considered to be two separate foods and one may only partake of one or the other. If one food was cooked in multiple pots because there were no pots big enough to fit the entire amount needed, that is still considered one food. One food prepared two different ways, such as a hard boiled egg and a scrambled egg, is considered two different foods. A dish of multiple foods that are normally cooked together is considered one food and may be eaten if the one eating normally has them that way. Even though it is permissible to have salad during this meal, it is better to be strict and not have it.

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