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Flying on a fast day

Question:

I will likely be flying to Miami on the morning of Asara b’Tevet, is flying on a fast day considered to be bad luck?

All the best

Answer:

Thank you for your question.

It is permitted to fly, on Asara B’tevet. This is especially if your reason for flying is for a mitzva reason, i.e. to be home for Shabbos, or for any other mitzva related reason.

Have a safe flight

Sources:

The idea of not flying during the three weeks is controversial, (see Kovetz Halachos (Bein Hamitzarim) 7-3, Halichos Shlomo 14-24), if it is included in not doing dangerous things. The poskim say that if it is for a mitzva reason or even a different need that it is permitted. According to halacha, Asara B’tevet does not have the same idea (O:CH 550-2, M:B 550-6), although there are scrupulous individuals that are careful on a taanis to treat it like the nine days, it is not mandatory, especially regarding a practice that is controversial if it is even a preference. Additionally, the Mishna Berura says that even for the scrupulous individual, that whatever is needed for Shabbos is permitted.

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