Checklist of the the three weeks

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The 17th of Tamuz- Checklist

General laws:

  • One must be especially careful to avoid anger on a fast day
  • The fast begins at Alos Hashachar, which is approximately two fluctuating hours prior to sunrise.
  • Children are not to be given sweets and the like although one is not required to stop them from eating it if they are in the midst of doing so.]
  • On a public fast day one does not rinse his mouth in the morning. If however this is causing one discomfort he may be lenient to rinse his mouth.
  • One may brush ones teeth on a fast day if not doing so will cause one pain or discomfort it is allowed.
  • One may use mouthwash if not doing so will cause pain and discomfort.

The Davening:

  • The Chabad custom is to recite the Selichos within Tachanun, after Shemoneh Esrei of Shacharis.
  • Selichos is customarily recited while standing.
  • The Chabad custom is to omit the saying of Ashamnu within Selichos when it is recited within the prayers of Shacharis.
  • Selichos must be recited slowly and with concentration.
  • It is forbidden to recite the thirteen attributes without proper concentration.
  • The thirteen attributes are to be recited slowly and carefully.
  • The thirteen attributes are to be recited aloud.
  • The custom is to open the ark and stand for the saying of Shema Koleinu.
  • Avinu Malkeinu is recited after Selichos, prior to “Veanachnu Lo Neida”.
  • One continues straight to Veanachnu Lo Neida after Avinu Malkeinu and omits the short Avinu Malkeinu prayer normally recited prior to Veanachnu Lo Neida.
  • One does not say Keil Erech Apayim unless it is a Monday or Thursday.
  • The Torah portion of Vayichal is read during Shacharis.          
  • The prayer of Aneinu is added during Mincha Shemoneh Esrei of a fast day. It is recited within the blessing of Shomeia Tefila, prior to the words “Ki Ata Shomeia”.
  • The Chazan recites Aneinu as a separate blessing between the blessings of Goal Yisrael and Rifaeinu. This applies during the Chazan’s repetition of both Shacharis and Mincha Shemoneh Esrei.


  • Prior to Mincha one is to give Igara Ditaanisa to charity.
  • The Torah portion of Vayichal is read during Mincha. This is followed by the reading of the Haftorah.
  • After the reading of the Haftorah, Yehalelu is recited and the Torah is returned to the Aron. This is then followed by half Kaddish.
  • During Shemoneh Esrei of Mincha Aneinu is recited, as stated in the previous Halacha.
  • The Chazan recites Birchas Kohanim in his repetition of Shemoneh Esrei of Mincha. Those places which are not accustomed to do Birchas Kohanim recite Elokeinu during the Chazan’s repetition.
  • Tachanun and Avinu Malkeinu are recited during Mincha of a fast day.



The Three weeks checklist

 Customs that begin on the night of 17th Tamuz until the 9th of Av

  1. No weddings.
  2. No haircuts, no shaving, no trimming any body hair. May cut mustache hair that interferes with food.
  3. No music
  4. No dancing
  5. No Shehechiyanu
  6. No buying clothing with exception to underclothing. Some allow pants and shirts.
  7. No wearing new clothing with exception to underclothing. Some allow pants and shirts.
  8. No moving houses
  9. No hitting children
  10. Diminish trips


Customs that begin from Rosh Chodesh Av-9th Av:

  1. Begin customs from sunset of Rosh Chodesh
  2. Diminish in joy
  3. Diminish makeup
  4. No music even if for Parnasa
  5. No building for pleasure. May fix wall or build for Mitzvah
  6. No planting gardening
  7. No Showering unless for removing sweat.
  8. No eating wine and meat
  9. Child below Chinuch may eat wine and meat
  10. Give child Havdalah wine on Motzei Shabbos
  11. No laundry. Although may wash children’s clothing in private and only amount that needs.
  12. No ironing clothing
  13. May not buy any clothing even undergarments.
  14. May not wear any new clothing even undergarments.
  15. Delay court case with gentile
  16. No Kiddush Levana
  17. Push off surgery


Customs that begin on week of Tisha B’av:

  1. No cutting nails



The Tisha B’av Checklist

 Customs of Erev Tisha B’av

  1. Limit learning subjects after midday
  2. Finish Chitas and Rambam before midday


Customs for Shabbos Tisha B’av:

  1. No Tashmish
  2. Pirkeiy Avos, do whatever want
  3. Must finish eating by sunset
  4. After sunset, no washing or anointing


Mourning customs accustomed throughout the entire day of Tisha B’av:

  1. Fasting
  2. No Greeting others
  3. No Smoking if is not very addicted
  4. No Anointing
  5. No Learning Torah with exception to set studies which may be learned past midday.
  6. No Leather shoes
  7. No Marital relations


Mourning customs which apply only until midday:

  1. No Doing work
  2. No Smoking if is very addicted
  3. No Learning Set Torah studies
  4. No Sitting on a bench.



The order of Prayer on Tisha B’av:

  1. Maariv
  2. Baruch Hamavdil when falls on Motzei Shabbos. Only after remove shoes bring Kinus to Shul.
  3. Borei Meorei Haeish if falls on Motzei Shabbos. Look at hands as usual.
  4. Remove Paroches, covering of Amud of Chazan and Bima
  5. Diminish in light
  6. Shemoneh Esrei [with Atah Chonantanu if falls on Motzei Shabbos]
  7. Kaddish with Tiskabel
  8. Eicha sitting on floor with an interval
  9. Veata Kadosh
  10. Kaddish without Tiskabel
  11. Aleinu
  12. No saying Shavua Tov after Maariv
  13. Remove Shabbos clothes after Maariv if falls on Motzei Shabbos.



  1. Netilas Yadayim until knuckles
  2. No Sheasa Li Kol Tzarchi
  3. No Tallis and Tefillin
  4. No Kissing or holding Tzitzis by Baruch Sheamar, Shema
  5. Chazan says Aneinu in Chazara
  6. No Nesias Kapayim or Elokeinu
  7. No Tachanun
  8. Half Kaddish after Chazara
  9. Kerias Hatorah, half Kaddish then Haftorah
  10. Kinos
  11. Ashrei
  12. Uva Letziyon without Veani Zos Berisi
  13. Kaddish Shaleim without Tiskabel
  14. Aleinu



  1. Paroches is returned
  2. Igara Detanisa
  3. Tallis and Tefillin with Brachos; Shema all three Parshiyos with Kadeish and 6 Zechiros.
  4. Shir Shel Yom; Ein Kelokeinu
  5. Chitas [Rambam?]
  6. Karbanos
  7. Ashrei
  8. Half Kaddish
  9. Kerias Hatorah for fast day with Haftorah
  10. Yehalelu
  11. Half Kaddish
  12. Nacheim and Aneinu in Shemoneh Esrei
  13. Nesias Kapayim [wash hands until knuckles]
  14. Kaddish Shaleim with Tiskabel


Customs for Motzei Tisha B’av:

  1. Wash hands three times and rinse face [before Kiddush Levana]
  2. Switch shoes before Kiddush Levana.
  3. If falls on Motzei Shabbos-Sunday, Havdalah is recited without Haeish or Besamim.
  4. If falls on Motzei Shabbos-no eating meat or wine until sunrise of Monday.

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