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Expand Article # 2796 Good Mazal to the Mazal Tov
Q. I met on Tisha Beav a friend who informed me of the recent engagement of his son. I told him Mazal Tov, but then I thought maybe one should not say that on Tisha Beav. What is correct?

A. Nitei Gavriel (Bein Hametzarim 2: 76: 7) qu ....


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Expand Article # 2795 Dancing Out of Time?
Q. We have the minhag that we usually dance and sing after Kiddush Levana. Is it correct to do so on Motzei Tisha Beav also, since the avelus (mourning) still applies until the afternoon of the next day?

A. Remah (O.H. 426: 2) mentions ....


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Expand Article # 2794 A Cold Comfort?
Q. Is it allowed to go and be menachem ovel (comforting) someone sitting shiva on Tisha Beav? Before or after noon? What are the words we should one say then?

A. Igrois Moishe (O.H. 5: 20: 22) writes that nichum avelim on Tisha Beav s ....


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Expand Article #2793 Disregard Regards
Q. Some people in my shul say that you can greet someone on Tisha Beav after chatzos (midday), when they come to daven mincha. Is that correct?

A. The prohibition of greeting on Tisha Beav applies the complete day. (Piskei Teshuvos 554: ....


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Expand Article # 2792 Ease at Ill
Q. Is it permitted to visit the ill and do Bikur Cholim on Tisha Beav, since it is prohibited to greet people on that day? Should one wait until after chatzos?

A. Poskim permit Bikur Cholim when needed (Halichos Emes p.191 and others).< ....


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Expand Article # 2791 Testing When Not Tasting
Q. One that has to do periodically blood tests when fasting and finds it hard to do so, can a blood test be done on Tisha Beav since he is fasting anyway?
A. On question 219 regarding a blood test on Tzom Gedalia we wrote; “The Talmud mentions ....


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Expand Article # 2790 A Shiur on Shiurim
Q. My husband is unable to fast this Tisha Beav. Should he eat small amounts as one does during Yom Kippur?

A. Regarding eating less than the subscribed amounts (shiurim) for someone who is unable to fast on Tisha Beav. One of the dif ....


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Expand Article # 2789 Learning the Hard Way Only?
Q. We have a well attended Daf Hayomi shiur. Can the shiur take place on Erev Tisha Beav after chtatzot (afternoon) as we usually abstain at that time from learning Torah that does not apply or refer to the churban? Does the fact that a significant ....


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Expand Article # 2788 First Done First Served?
Q. (See questions 2787-88-89 above) Which should be done first (on Tisha Beav), the levayah of the aunt who was just niftar or the Hakamat Mazeiva of her husband who passed away almost a year ago?

A. Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 354: 2) rules ....


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Expand Article # 2787 A Monumental Mourning
Q. (See questions 2787-88 above). Can the Hakamat Hamatzeiva be done on Tisha Beav and the same day as the levayah? Are hespedim permitted?

A. Nitei Gavriel (Bein Hametzarim 2: 81: 7) permits Hakamat Matzeiva on Tisha Beav. Mekadesh Yi ....


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Expand Article # 2786 A Sad Stating of Afairs
Q. (See question 2787 above) Are Hespedim permitted on Tisha Beav?

A. Mishna Berura (559: 17) rules that although tachanun is not recited on Tisha Beav, as it is called ’moed’ (essentially it is and in the future it will be openly a Yo ....


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Expand Article # 2785 Halevai No Levayah
Q My aunt passed away before Tisha Beav and in order to have her two sons who live overseas attend the levayah, it was postponed to Tisha Beav, since they find it very difficult to travel these covid times. Since her husband passed away about a year ....


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Expand Article # 2784 Come Out Clean
Q. May one pick up from the cleaners during the 9 Days clothing that were brought in before Rosh Chodesh?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that he may pick it up, as there is no concern of maras ayin or what may seem to observ ....


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Expand Article # 2783 United We Stand?
Q. I also wonder, (see question 2782 above), when it rains the minyanim often meet wearing masks inside one of the houses, staying separately inside different adjoining rooms with open doors. Does this scenario qualify as a proper minyan?



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Expand Article # 2782 Clear The Deck
Q. Regarding the questions regarding fences separating backyard properties to be able to have a proper minyan for Chazaras Hashatz. I wonder about the backyards that have decks as many do. These decks are usually more than ten tefachim high and are a ....


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Expand Article # 2781 And the Name Is...
Q. Can a Ben Torah give the name of a recently deceased uncle to his newborn child. The uncle was not frum at all, but he was very helpful and loving to his nephew and as Hakoras Hatov he wants to give the baby his name. Is that correct and advisable ....


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Expand Article # 2780 Questionable Money
Q. I heard once that there is a minhag not to handle money during Tisha Beav. Is that really so?


A. Nitei Gavriel (Bein Hametzarim 2: 79: 17) indeed quotes from Machzor Meaglei Tzedek, that there is an ancient minhag for some, not ....


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Expand Article # 2779 One False Move
Q. I was present at a siyum masechta that three sons made for their father's yohrzait during the Nine Days. It was a flaishig (meat) siyum and each one of the sons spoke. One of the sons mentioned when he spoke, that he wasn't able to complete his ....


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Expand Article # 2778 A Look Into Luck
Q. Someone who has to deal with government property tax revue issues, should he avoid doing so during the three weeks?

A. On question 19 regarding signing the waver of conditions or contracting a mortgage during the three weeks or nine d ....


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Expand Article # 2777 The Eternal Builders
Q. Why was it necessary to write the Sefer Devarim as a separate sefer that Moishe wrote in his own words (Al Pi Hashem). Since most of it is only a repetition of what already happened, could not all the new mitzvos added be included in the other ch ....


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