Friday, July 20, 2018

The 5 Prohibitions of Tish'a Be'av

The 5 Prohibitions of Tish’a Be’av

Day: Friday
Date: July 20, 2018
Parshat: Devarim
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 551

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There are five main prohibitions that apply on Tish'a Be'av. These prohibitions begin at sundown on the night of the 9th of Av and continue until sundown the following night. They are:
1. Washing and bathing are forbidden whether with hot or cold water. This prohibition extends even to washing ones hands. In the morning and after using the restroom one may wash only his fingers. It is permissible to wash with soap dirt off of oneself from any part of the body. Washing for hygiene is also allowed.
2. Putting creams and oils onto oneself for enjoyment is also forbidden. However, these items may be used for medical reasons such as for acne or to soothe cracked skin. Ointments may be used as well to prevent infection of cuts and bruises.
3. It is also forbidden to wear leather shoes. Cloth or rubber shoes may be worn instead. Shoes that have a strip of leather for decoration or leather shoelaces are also fine to wear.
4. Intimacy between a husband and wife is forbidden, however the harchakot do not need to be observed.
5. Eating and drinking is also not allowed. However, a woman who gave birth within thirty days and a person who is sick - even if it's not life threatening - does not need to fast. There are other exemptions and conditions that apply, and therefore anybody with a doubt should be sure to discuss their situation with their Rabbi. Children under Bar/Bat Mitzvah do not need to fast. We do not even train them for future years because we know that the Mashiach will come and this fast will no longer be observed. A child who is not fasting should nevertheless not be given treats and special things to eat. May Hashem answer our prayers soon and may we not suffer in this exile any longer.

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