Eating Meat during the 9 Days

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״כל השונה הלכות בכל יום - מובטח לו שהוא בן ‎העולם הבא״ (נידה עג ע״א, מגילה כח:)


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Question:

May one eat meat during the 9 days?


Answer:

From the beginning of Rosh Chodesh Av, one should minimize the amount of one’s rejoicing.[1]


According to the Gemara, the prohibition of eating meat and drinking wine applies only to the last meal before Tishah B’Av. Nevertheless, the custom of Sepharadim is to refrain from consuming meat and wine from the day after Rosh Chodesh Av until after Tishah B’Av, [2] while the Ashkenazic minhag is to refrain from eating meat and drinking wine even on Rosh Chodesh itself. [3] There are some Leniencies with eating meat during the 9 days such as a siyum, one should consult one's Halachic Authority.


This year there is no Shavuah SheChal Bo, so many of the other Halachot don't apply this year according to the Sephardic custom. Over the next couple of days we will be discussing more of the Halachot regarding the month of Av.


Sources:

[1]. Taanit 29b; Shulchan Aruch 551:1.

[2]. Even though the custom of many Teimanim, as brought in the Shulchan Aruch Mekutzar, vol. 3, p. 125, is only to refrain from eating meat on erev Tishah B’Av, see Chazon Ovadia, Arba Taaniyot, p. 170, which states that once they move to Eretz Yisrael, they should follow the general Sepharadic custom, and refrain from eating meat beginning from after Rosh Chodesh Av.

[3]. Taanit 26a & 30a state that the prohibition of eating meat applies only to the final meal before Tishah B’Av. See Yechaveh Daat 1:41, which cites many Rishonim and poskim who write that the Sepharadic custom is to refrain from eating meat from Rosh Chodesh Av. However, the Chida in Moreh BaEtzba §233 writes that the Sepharadic custom is to eat meat on Rosh Chodesh itself. This is also the view of Moed LeChol Chai 10:7; Ben Ish Chai, Devarim 1:15; Kaf HaChaim §126; Ohr LeTzion, vol. 3, 26:3; and Chazon Ovadia, Arba Taaniyot, p. 169. See also Shemesh U’Magen, vol. 3, 54:5, which says that in Morocco, there was even a custom to have a special meat meal on Rosh Chodesh.


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