Halachically Speaking: The 3 Weeks (Part 8)

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Gifts

Some say one is permitted to give a gift to someone during the entire three weeks101 if it is something which one does not recite a shehechiyanu on.102

Avoiding Danger

The poskim mention of few actions to refrain from the entire three weeks period because of danger involved.103 We will begin to discuss them below.

During the three weeks104 a Rebbe should be careful not to hit his students,105 and a parent should not hit their child106 even with a strap,107 and even the slightest hit.108 Some say this is only referring to a hit in a place which can be danger to the child.109 The time frame is from the beginning of the fourth hour until the end of the ninth hour of the day (in the summer it is approx. from 11:00am – 2:00 pm), while others say it is a whole day.110 Some say there is no concern in a room which has a mezuzah.111

One should be careful not to walk by himself112 outside of the city113 between the beginning114 of the fourth hour until the end of the ninth hour of the day (in the summer it is approx. from 11:00am – 2:00 pm). In addition any place where people frequent it is permitted.115 One should not walk between the sun and the shade during the three weeks, 116 but this is only for a long period of time.117 The whole concern is in the same place, but to walk from sun to shade is permitted.118 Some say one should be careful not to sit or sleep in the shade of the sun during this time.119

One should avoid having surgery during the three weeks if pushing it off until after the three weeks is possible.120

Compiled by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits who can be reached at [email protected]

Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita

All Piskei Harav Yisrael Belsky Shlita are Reviewed by Harav Yisrael Belsky Shlita