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Sunday, July 24, 2005

The Aveilus of the Three Weeks

RYBS has a well known shita about this. RYBS says that every minhag is either based on an existing din or a kiyum of an existing din (just like kol d'tikun rabbanan k'ein d'oraysa tiken). Therefore, he says that the minhag of aveilus that Ashkenazim have from the 17th of Tamuz must be based on an existing din, namely the 12 month Aveilus one has for a parent. Based on this he said that someone who shaved every day would be allowed to shave during the 3 weeks just like he is allowed to shave during the 12 months. However, the 9 days is like the aveilus of sheloshim which has no heter to shave and therefore it would be prohibited to shave during the 9 days even if you shave very day.

I personally do not shave during the 3 weeks for a very simple reason. The minhag in israel in general and specifically where I live is not to to shave and I have no compelling reason to shave, no one cares where I work whether I shave or not. This way I look different during the 3 weeks and it is an expression of the aveilus.


At 3:20 PM, Blogger Rebeljew said...

It must be entirely based on local custom, as is the concept of "nine days". Even the kitzur shulcan aruch records different customs as to beginning Rosh Chodesh Av, or the week of Tisha B'av or the Shabbos before.

At 4:58 PM, Blogger bluke said...

The minhag of the three weeks is already recorded in the Rema

At 9:08 PM, Anonymous daat y said...

But according to the Rav three weeks non-shaving is not a sign of avelus.

At 9:39 AM, Blogger bluke said...

According to the Rav you are not chayav because of the aveilus to do that, the aveilus is not as severe. However, it is certainly a sign of aveilus


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