Monday, August 11, 2008

My post-Tisha-B'Av priorities

I didn't plan this in advance, but this is the order in which I ended up ending the fast:
Oops, we forgot to do Kiddush Levanah. Any takers for tomorrow night at the Institute?

We have no idea what Internet access--or spare time--we'll have, but I'll try to keep you posted if I can.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few thoughts... according to our Rabbi, you are ONLY permitted water before Havdalah, so you can have water as soon as it is over. I didn't make it back to Shul this time (trying to entertain small children with a very tired wife), but normally on Fast days that aren't Yom Kippur, we davin Maariv early, I think you can do it on Tisha B'av, you certainly can on minor fast days, no need to wait.

So you could do an early Maariv, break the fast with some water (and, accordingly to lenient opinions, light fare... possibly even a cracker or a piece of fruit)... make Havdalah, then eat shower, and eat a real meal.

Based on the thought that the dehydration is the problem, and you want to have a little food before the meal to restart your digestive system.

In the end, its the 24.5 hours of dehydration, not the 10 minutes at the end, give or take, that is the problem.


Wed Aug 13, 09:43:00 AM 2008  
Blogger Elie said...

Why would you need to drink anything *before* havdalah, if you are drinking as part of havdalah itself? And since you can make havdalah as soon as the fast ends, how are you gaining any time by drinking before havdalah? What am I missing?

Wed Aug 13, 12:39:00 PM 2008  

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