after Tisha B'Av ends, we are still prohibited from eating meat,
drinking wine, and listening to music until 1:02 PM on Friday; the Beis
HaMikdash mostly burned on the tenth of Av and we therefore observe a
degree of mourning on that day as well. Other prohbitions like haircuts
and laundry are lifted immediately after the fast ends, provided that
the haircutting or laundry is done for the honor of Shabbos. Thus, one
doing laundry should be sure that at least some of the load contains
items which will be used for Shabbos.
There are two
worthy causes which we traditionally raise funds for during this time of
year: The Rabbinical Seminary of America (Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim) and
the Hesder Yeshivot in Israel.
As we are
deliberately attempting to keep our services shorter, we will not have
an extended appeal in Shul for either cause. We encourage you to donate
to each cause online. This is far easier in the current climate than
sending in checks.
For Chofetz Chaim, you can donate at www.rsapayments.com -- Please make a note that it is part of the Bialystoker appeal.
For the Yeshivot
Hesder, you can donate at www.rza.org/bialystoker -- As in previous
years, the donations are distributed through the Religious Zionists of
With wishes for a wonderful Shabbos,
Rabbi Zvi Romm