The “Three Weeks” period of mourning over the destruction of Jerusalem began yesterday with Shib’ah Asar be-Tammuz, the day of fasting which commemorates the siege of Jerusalem. The “Three Weeks” end with another fast day, Tish’ah be’Ab, which this year will be August 1. During this period it is forbidden for the orthodox to eat meat, to celebrate marriages, to bathe and to cut the hair.
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