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The Three WeeksRav Dovid gives a daily halacha at the Wall Street Synagogue in Lower Manhattan.
This series covers the Three Weeks from the 17th of Tamuz until the 9th of Av.
|18 Tamuz 5770||listen||
The Spiritual Roots of the 17th of Tamuz
The spiritual origin of the 17th of Tamuz pre-date the golden calf by some 1500 years.
Sources: Seder Olam Rabba 4; Gen. 8:4-13
|17 Tamuz 5770||listen||
The 17th of Tamuz
More details of the 17th of Tamuz.
Sources: Taanit 29a
|13 Tamuz 5770||listen||
The Breaching of the City Walls
Also: the cessation of the daily offering; the burning of the Torah.
Sources: Taanit 28b
|12 Tamuz 5770||listen||
The Smashing of the Tablets
How do we know that the tablets were smashed on the 17th of Tamuz?
|14 Av 5769||listen||
Lessons from Tisha B'Av: Creating a Culture of Honesty
Issues we should each address to become the Holy Nation we can be...
|10 Av 5769||listen||
Lessons from Tisha B'Av
Reflections on Tisha B'Av: what should we learn from the fast?
|8 Av 5769||listen||
Tisha B'Av that Falls on Thursday
A review of mourning customs on Tisha B'Av, and the special leniencies of lifting mourning to prepare for Shabbos when Tisha B'Av falls on Thursday.
Sources: OC 558:1; MB 558:1-3
|25 Tamuz 5769||listen||
Loneliness During the Three Weeks
During the Three Weeks, we don't simply mourn; rather, we long for Hashem and experience our deep loneliness
|17 Tamuz 5769||listen||
Jewish Resistance and Nazi Gun Laws
The 17th of Tamuz, Self-Defense, and "Never Again."
|9 Tevet 5769||listen||
The Loss of Yerushalayim
A brief history of the events that brought about the first downfall of Yerushalayim. What caused the Jewish people to lose the Holy City, and what can we learn from those events about what is taking place in Eretz Yisroel today?
Sources: 2 Kings 16-24
In memory of Tamar Rivkah bas Sheur Zalman on the occasion of her yahrzeit.
|7 Av 5768||listen||
Tisha B'Av's Inner Meaning
The significance of Tisha b'Av goes beyond fasting and even beyond mourning. What are we to learn from Tisha b'Av?
Sources: Ch"A 133:1;135:16
|5 Av 5768||listen||
Tisha b'Av that Falls on Sunday: Overview and Summary
Summary and overview of all the special aspects of Shabbos Erev Tisha b'Av.
Sources: Ch"A 135:23
|4 Av 5768||listen||
Havdala on Motzei Shabbos Erev Tisha b'Av
On motzei shabbos erev Tisha b'Av, we cannot drink wine. How do we make havdala?
Sources: OC 556; MB 556:1-5
|3 Av 5768||listen||
Maariv on Motzei Shabbos Erev Tisha b'Av
Sources: OC 559:1-2; MB 559:1-9
|29 Tamuz 5768||listen||
Shabbos Erev Tisha b'Av: Shalshudos and Maariv
On Shabbos, the third meal usual extends past sunset into the night; on Erev Tisha b'Av, we begin fasting at sunset. So what do we do when Erev Tisha b'Av falls on Shabbos?
Sources: OC 552:10;553:2; MB 552:23-24;553:6-7
|28 Tamuz 5768||listen||
Shabbos Erev Tisha b'Av: Meat, Wine, Learning Torah, and Tz"Tz
Sources: OC 551:9;553:2,12; MB 553:8-10,12
|27 Tamuz 5768||listen||
Laundry, Haircuts, and Washing for the Shabbos before Tisha b'Av
In general, we don't launder or wear clean clothes, take haircuts, or wash during the nine days. What about lichvod shabbat?
Sources: OC 551:3,16; MB 551:32,95-97
|14 Tamuz 5768||listen||
Overview of the Three Weeks
Overview and summary of the history and halachot of the Three Weeks
|8 Av 5767||listen||
Haircuts for Mourners; Laundry for Children
There are leniencies in the restrictions regarding haircuts during the three weeks for mourners just coming out of shloshim and for children's clothing. Also: avoiding the evil forces that lurk about during the three weeks.
Sources: OC 551:14-15,18; MB 551:81-87
|5 Av 5767||listen||
Kiddush Levana is Recited after Tisha Av; Restrictions on Meat and Wine
Kiddush Levana is a time of joy, so it is delayed until after Tisha B'Av. Meat and wine are not eaten during the Nine Days, but what about at a seudat mitzvah?
Sources: OC 551:8,10; MB 551:54-55,63-78
|2 Av 5767||listen||
Summary of Halachot of the 9 Days; Details on Laundering and New Clothes
An overview of all the halachot appertaining to the Nine Days from Rosh Chodesh Av until Tisha B'Av, plus the details on laundering, new clothes, and freshly-pressed clothes.
Sources: OC 551:6; MB 551:44-45
|17 Tamuz 5767||listen||
Haftarah Readings During the Three Weeks
The tlata d'puranuta -- three calamaties.
|17 Tamuz 5766||listen||
The Calamities of the 17th of Tamuz
The Talmud lists five calamities that befell the Jewish People on Shiva Asar b'Tamuz.
Sources: OC 549; MB 549:2
|16 Tamuz 5766||listen||
Washing, Bathing, and Shehechiyanu
Prohibitions on washing and bathing during the Three Weeks. Avoiding missing opportunities to say shehechiyanu.
Sources: OC 551:16-17; MB 551:88,90,92,94,96-100; Beur Halacha d.h. V'litzorech mitzvah
|15 Tamuz 5766||listen||
Meat and Wine; Summary of Mourning in the Three Weeks
Prohibitions on meat and wine; more on haircuts and shaving; summary of the mourning customs of the Three Weeks.
Sources: OC 551:4,7,9,11-13; MB 551:36-37,40,49,58-59,79-80
|14 Tamuz 5766||listen||
Haircuts, Laundry, and New Clothes During the Three Weeks
Haircuts and clean or new clothes are avoided as a sign of mourning.
Sources: OC 551:3,5; MB 551:20-22,25,32,44-45
|11 Tamuz 5766||listen||
Diminishing Joy: Business, Engagements, and Weddings During the Three Weeks
During the Nine Days or Three Weeks, we diminish our joy in all endeavors, whether for business or pleasure.
Sources: OC 551:2; MB 551:11-19
|10 Tamuz 5766||listen||
Introduction to the Three Weeks
Introduction to the mourning period leading up to Tisha b'Av.
|9 Tamuz 5766||listen||
The Differences Between Tisha B'Av and Other Fasts
An overview of the four fasts: the 10th of Tevet, the 17th of Tamuz, the 9th of Av, and the 3rd of Tishrei.
Sources: OC 550; MB 550:1,4,6-10
|9 Tevet 5766||listen||
Asara b'Tevet: Why do we continue to fast today?
Why do we continue to fast today? Who must fast? What about someone who is sick? Pregnant? Nursing?
|6 Tevet 5766||listen||
The History of the Tenth of Tevet
The History of the Tenth of Tevet as found in II Kings chapter 25.
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