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Rabbi Linzer answers halakhic questions from rabbis and community members

7 05, 2023

Fasting on Tisha B’Av When Breaking The Fast Will Cause Extreme Nausea

May 7th, 2023|Orach Chayim, Tisha B'Av - 3 Weeks|


Houston, TX

A woman from my shul has the following issue with fasting:

Although she is fine while fasting, experiencing only headaches, she becomes extremely nauseous when she eats after the fast, and can’t keep any food down for a few hours. What should I tell her regarding fasting on Tisha BeAv?


This is a tricky one, since it is not the fasting that makes her nauseous, but the eating afterward.

One way to approach this would

30 04, 2023

Meat During the Nine Days for Those with Advanced Dementia

April 30th, 2023|Minhag, Orach Chayim, Tisha B'Av - 3 Weeks|


Riverdale, NY

For those with advanced dementia, does the Minhag of avoiding meat during the nine days not apply?

I would think they wouldn’t gain anything from the Minhag, as they wouldn’t understand the reason for it. And avoiding meat might make it harder to get the nutrition they need.

18 07, 2021

Havdalah on Tisha b’Av By Someone Not Fasting

July 18th, 2021|Kiddush, Seudah, Havdalah, Orach Chayim, Tisha B'Av - 3 Weeks|


Chicago, IL

If someone is not fasting for Tisha b’Av, should they make full Havdalah after Shabbat?


If a person is going to eat on Tisha b’Av because they are sick, they should make Havdalah before they eat, whether that be at night or the next day. It is a full Havdalah, except we don’t do besamim and we don’t say the pesukim before. So it is only the cup, borei me’orei (if making Havdalah Saturday night), and HaMavdil.

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18 07, 2021

Washing off Makeup on Tisha b’Av

July 18th, 2021|Orach Chayim, Tisha B'Av - 3 Weeks|


New York, NY

When Tisha B’Av falls on Sunday, is a person allowed to remove makeup that she was wearing on Shabbat on Tisha B’Av using a wipe?


If the makeup is smudgy, etc., then it is permissible as per Shulchan Arukh OC 554:9. If she just wants to remove it, it is hard to permit. A permissible way would be to wipe it off as much as possible with a dry tissue, and then the rest looks pretty smudgy and dirty, and that can use a wipe.

Finally, it’s not obvious to me that the small amount of moisture on the wipe

13 06, 2021

May an Aveil Purchase a New Car? Can someone do so during the 3 weeks?

June 13th, 2021|Aveilut, Berakhot, Orach Chayim, Tisha B'Av - 3 Weeks, Yoreh De'ah|


Chicago, IL

A man in aveilut needs a new car. The old car the family has used is breaking down more and more frequently. Is this something that should wait another 10-12 months? What if his wife purchased the car and recites שהחינו? Would the halakha be the same during the 3 weeks?


The practice of not saying shehecheyanu is recorded in the case of the 3 weeks (Shulchan Arukh OC 551:17). Poskim explicitly state that this does not apply to a mourner. See Magen Avraham OC 551:42 and Mishnah Berurah 551:98. The reason is that the problem with shehecheyanu is not the simchah per se,