Chapter: 9 – The Eve of Tish’a B’Av

1 – The Meal Before the Fast (Seudah HaMafseket)

One may not eat two cooked dishes during the last meal before the fast of Tish’a B’Av(Ta’anit 26b), because that is when our mourning over the churban intensifies, and it is inappropriate, [at such a time], to dignify oneself by … Continue reading

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2 – Which Foods are Prohibited?

During the seudah ha’mafseket, one may eat an unlimited amount of raw foods, like fruits and vegetables. If one cooks them, however, they are considered a cooked dish, despite the fact that they are edible without cooking. Cheese, yogurt, butter, … Continue reading

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3 – Customs of the Seudah HaMafseket

The Talmud (Ta’anit 30a) relates how R. Yehudah son of R. Illa’i used to act at his seudah ha’mafseket: [his attendants] would bring him dry bread with salt, and he would sit in a disgraceful place – between the furnace … Continue reading

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4 – The Transition Between Shabbat and Tish’a B’Av When the Fast Falls Out on Sunday

The rule is that we do not mourn on the Sabbath. Therefore, even if Tish’a B’Av falls out on Shabbat, we postpone the fast until Sunday, and on that Shabbat one may eat meat, drink wine, and serve a meal … Continue reading

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5 – Havdalah on Tish’a B’Av When it Falls Out on Saturday Night

The fast begins immediately after Shabbat, making it is impossible to say havdalah over a cup of wine. Therefore, we postpone saying this form of havdalah until after the fast. Nevertheless, we say havdalah – “Ata Chonantanu” – in the … Continue reading

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