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The "Three Weeks" between the 17th of Tammuz and the Tisha B'Av have historically been days of misfortune and calamity for the Jewish people. During this time, both the First and Second Temples were destroyed, amongst other terrible tragedies.


During this time, various aspects of mourning are observed by the entire nation. We minimize joy and celebration. And, since the attribute of Divine judgement (“din”) is acutely felt, we avoid

potentially dangerous or risky endeavors.



1. No weddings are held. (However, engagement ceremonies are permitted.)

2. We do not listen to music.

3. We avoid all public celebrations -- especially those which involve dancing and musical


4. We avoid exciting and entertaining trips and activities. (Kaf HaChaim - OC 551:41)

5. No haircuts or shaving. (Fingernails may be clipped up until the week in which Tisha B'Av


6. We do not say the blessing She-hechianu on new food or clothes, except on Shabbat.



The period commencing with Rosh Chodesh Av is called the "Nine Days." During this time, a stricter level of mourning is

observed, in accordance with the Talmudic dictum (Ta'anit 26): "When the month of Av begins, we reduce our joy."

1. We avoid purchasing any items that bring great joy.

2. We suspend home improvements, or the planting of trees and flowers.

3. We avoid litigation with non-Jews, since fortune is inauspicious at this time.

4. We abstain from the consumption of meat (including poultry) and wine. These foods are symbolic of the Temple

service, and are generally expressions of celebration and joy.

• On Shabbat, meat and wine are permitted. This applies also to any other seudat mitzvah -- for example, at

a Brit Milah or at the completion of a tractate of Talmud.

• Wine from Havdallah should be given to a child to drink.

5. We refrain from wearing newly laundered garments, or laundering any clothes.

• If the "freshness" has been taken out of a garment prior to the Nine Days, it may be worn.

• Fresh clothes may be worn for Shabbat.

• The clothing of small children, which gets soiled frequently, may be laundered during the Nine Days.

• Clothes may not be laundered even if done in preparation for after Tisha B'Av, or even if done by a non-Jew.

6. We do not bathe for pleasure.

• It is permitted to bathe in order to remove dirt or perspiration, or for medical reasons. This may be done only in cool water.

• Furthermore, the body should be washed in parts, rather than all at one time.

• Bathing in warm water is permitted on Friday in honor of Shabbat.


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Shabbos Halachos for Chodesh Av

For this Shabbos, the minhag is to wear freshly laundered (but not new) Shabbos clothes. We can shower and bathe normally today (Friday) according to all opinions since it’s also Rosh Chodesh.  If we have a son between ages 6 and 10, we should give him the cup of wine or grape juice from Havdalah to drink. If not, then we can drink it ourselves. Kiddush Levana is postponed to after Tisha B’Av.

Kiddush Sponsored

Kiddush this week is sponsored by Rabbi Yehuda and Sarah Kraft on the Bar Mitzvah/Bo Bayom of their son, Shloime! We look forward to hearing Shloime read his parsha next month and to celebrating his bar mitzvah.

Welcome Back

Welcome back Rabbi and Mrs. Moshe and Hindy Brull from Lakewood, NJ.

Mazal Tov

Mazal tov to Levi Cohen and Dassy Lansky on their engagement.


Mazal tov to parents Akiva & Debbie Cohen and Menachem & Tova Lansky.


Vort took place Wednesday 7/27 in Lakewood.

Mazal Tov

Mazal Tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Yehuda and Sara Kraft upon their son Shloime becoming a Bar Mitzvah this Shabbos (literally his 13th birthday). The major celebration will be in two weeks, Shabbos Nachamu.  May he continue to grow in Torah and mitzvos and bring much Yiddishe nachas to his family!

Visitors Wanted


Scott Sobel would love to have visitors as he recuperates from his latest knee surgery (and awaits his next surgery in October).  His address is 1136  S. Shenandoah #101.  Please call or text first to make sure it is a good time to visit at 323-377-4000.

Birthdays This Week:


Av 2   Flactman Family:  Liora, Hodaya Nechama, Tehila Bracha

Yahrzeits This Week:


Av 1    Judy Gruen's mother, Leeba Leah bas Dov Ber, A"H


Av 3    Harry Graubard/Tzvi Hersh ben Shmuel)


Av 3   Jeff Gruen's father, Yitzchak ben Otto, A"H


Av 5   Avi Dayan’s Uncle, Moshe ben Yehoshua (Soudri), A”H


Av 8   Simon Stone for Dina Bat Aliza, A"H

Formula Gemach

With a huge national formula shortage we have made a formula gemach with drop off locations in the city and valley for kosher unexpired and unopened bottles of formula, donations (some formulas people are desperately seeking are a fortune now online) and we have started to match people up.  The gemach is up and running in the valley now, it is in zechus refua sheelima Shayna Lia bas Shulamis a young mother in Pico.  Please text 310 981 8553 or email if you need formula or can donate.


Partner with the Youth Department to help make our exciting programs

even more special by dedicating them in honor/memory of someone:

 Torah Tuesday & Thursday Learning program

 Shabbos Teen minyan

 Shabbos Groups

For more information on sponsoring any of these events email

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7:00 to 7:40PM

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