Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 122:9a
Between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B'av

9a. Laundry should not be washed during these nine days [between Rosh Chodesh Av and Tish'ah B'av], not even a shirt or garment that one does not plan to wear until after Tish'ah B'av (1). It is even forbidden, [during these nine days], to give the garments to a Gentile for washing (2). A Jewish woman is allowed to wash clothing belonging to a Gentile (3). Within the week that Tish'ah B'av occurs, however, she should refrain from doing so (4).

FOOTNOTES:

(1) Washing one's laundry makes it look like one is taking one's mind away from a focus on mourning (Mishna Berura 551:21). The prohibition includes even washing bed linen, handkerchiefs, tablecloths and towels. The clothing of children who are at the age when they're constantly making themselves dirty, may be washed even during the week in which Tish'ah B'av occurs (Rav Shimon Eider: "A Summary of the Halachos of the Three Weeks")

(2) It is permitted to give the clothing to the Gentile before Rosh Chodesh Av, even if they will be washed during the week in which Tish'ah B'av occurs (Ibid.35).

(3) The prohibition against washing clothes is not because there is something intrinsically wrong with the act of washing (like there is on Shabbos), rather its purpose is to show an outward expression of mourning and to minimize joy, reasons which do not apply when one is washing the clothing of Gentiles (Ibid. 42).

(4) The problem here is "mar'is ayin," that is, people will think that she is washing her own clothing. Therefore, if she washes the Gentile's clothing in private, it is permitted. It is important to note that if people would suspect that one is violating a Biblical prohibition (as opposed to the prohibition of washing during the nine days, which was enacted by the Rabbis), then the act would be prohibited even in private (Sha'ar Hatziyun 551:44).

Back  Paragraph 8b  Table of Contents  Paragraph 9b Next 

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright (c) 2002 Project Genesis, Inc.

 






ARTICLES ON LECH LECHA:

View Complete List

Connoisseur's Delight
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5762

Lech-Lecha #1 or Lech-Lecha #2 Which is the harder test?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

Spiritual Yichus
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Founders of Our People
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

The Beginning & End of the Journey
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

You Shall Live by Them
Shlomo Katz - 5758

Looking for a Chavrusah?

I Too Was Struck
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Redefining Pleasure
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5775

Bris Milah: Mark of Distinction
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

> Out of This World
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

That Fire Within
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

Neither a Thread Nor a Shoelace
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5756

ArtScroll

A Fuzzy Picture
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

Cloudy Vision
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5768

Reward May Come
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

The Ordeal of Departure
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5771



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information