From Rosh Chodesh Av until Tisha B’Av we adopt practices of
mourning to commemorate the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash.
Home improvements and aesthetic enhancements of our yards are
avoided. We abstain from the consumption of meat -including poultryand
wine. On Shabbat, meat and wine are permitted. This applies to
any Seudat Mitzvah as well.
We do not bathe for pleasure. It is permitted to bathe in order to
remove dirt or perspiration, or for medical reasons. Bathing in warm
water is permitted on Friday in honor of Shabbat.