Laws of the Three Weeks

The three weeks between Shiva Assar B'Tammuz and Tisha B'Av are a period of national mourning for our people over the loss of our first and second Beit Hamikdash. The mourning intensifies as the period progresses until it reaches a climax on Tisha B'Av itself. Following is a summary of the laws that apply during the various stages.

Laws for the Entire Three Weeks

1. Shiva Assar B'Tammuz, which ushers in the Three Weeks, is a fast day. This year it falls out on Tuesday, July 11th. The fast begins at 3:47A.M. and ends at 9:16P.M. Pregnant women and women who are nursing are exempt from fasting this fast.

2. It is forbidden to take haircuts during the three weeks.

3. Weddings and social gatherings are forbidden.

4. New clothes should not be purchased during the Three Weeks so as to avoid the need to recite the blessing of "Shehecheyanu".

President's Message

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