When the fast of TISH'AH BE AB
falls on Saturday night/Sunday

When the fast of Tish'ah Be Ab commences on Saturday night (whether the 9th of Ab falls on Sunday, or whether it falls on Shabbath and the fast is postponed to the next day), there are certain differences that need to be mentioned:

Meat and wine are consumed during the Se'uddath Hammafseqeth (final meal). In fact, there are no restrictions as to what may be eaten. However, one must complete the meal before sunset.

There are those who permit Torah study in the afternoon when the 9th of Ab falls on Sunday, whereas others do not. One should consult one's Hakham concerning this matter.

One should be particular not to adopt any customs on this Shabbath afternoon which might appear to be due to Abeluth (mourning).

Sidqathkha is not recited at Minha.

Habdalah is made during the 'Arbith prayer. Bore Meore HaEsh is recited during Habdala, but there is no Besamim. At the end of the fast on Sunday evening, Bore Peri Haggefen is made on wine without a candle or Besamim.

There are varying customs concerning the wearing of non-leather shoes before 'Arbith. In Ashkenazi communities it is common for the congregants to take their non-leather shoes to the Synagogue on Friday evening, so that they will be there to change into just prior to the commencement of the 'Arbith prayer on Saturday night. In Sephardi communities it was common for the congregants to change into their non leather shoes on Saturday evening, just before returning to the Synagogue, even though Shabbath was not yet over.

Nowadays, some communities have the custom to return to the Synagogue when Shabbath is over, after reciting "Hamabdil" or "Bore Meore HaEsh". In such a case, those who wish to drive may do so and ones shoes may be changed when Shabbath ends, according to all opinions.

Taken from the writings of Hakham Ya'aqob Menashe.

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