Showering During The Nine Days

The Daily Halacha Moment - Showering & 9 Days 🚿

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Question:

May one shower during the 9 days?


Answer:

The Sepharadic custom is to take showers until the shavua shechal bo, unlike the Ashkenazic custom, which prohibits showering from Rosh Chodesh.

[1]


Even if a Sepharadi is among Ashkenazim, he may take a hot shower with soap from Rosh Chodesh Av, including on erev Shabbat Chazon [2] until the shavua shechal bo. When Tisha B'av falls out on Shabbat and is pushed off to Sunday there is no Shavua Shechal bo.


One who regularly goes to the mikveh may continue to go during the shavua shechal bo. However, if one is able to, he should go to a mikveh with cold water. [3]


Sources:

[1]. The custom of Ashkenazim follows the view of the Rama 551:16, which says that one may not even shower with cold water starting from Rosh Chodesh. However, the custom of most Sepharadim, not including that cited in Ben Ish Chai, Devarim 1:16, is to refrain from showering only during the shavua shechal bo, as brought in Palagi, Ruach Chayim 551:7; Ohr LeTzion, vol. 3, 27:5; Yabia Omer, vol. 5, O.C. §41; Yechaveh Daat 1:38; and Chazon Ovadia, Arba Taaniyot, p. 238.

[2]. See Chazon Ovadia, Arba Taaniyot, p. 238 and Ohr LeTzion, vol. 3, 27:5, in the footnote. See also the footnotes in the sources cited above on Sepharadim shaving and taking haircuts in an Ashkenazic yeshivah.

[3]. Chazon Ovadia, Arba Taaniyot, p. 244. See also Moed LeChol Chai 10:26; Ben Ish Chai, Devarim 1:16; and Kaf HaChaim §190. See also Shevet HaLevi, vol. 7, 77:2, 3; ibid., vol. 8, 127:1; and ibid., vol. 10, 81:6.


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