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Rav Moshe Feinstein and Rav Elyashiv: On Weddings The Night Of Shivah Asar b'Tamuz

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Rav Moshe Feinstein and Rav Elyashiv: On Weddings The Night Of Shivah Asar b'Tamuz
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There is a dispute between the Rishonim whether one should say the Tefila of Aneinu on the night of Shivah Asar b'Tamuz. According to the Ba'al Hamaor we do not recite Aneinu at night because the nighttime is not regarded as part of the fast day. Since the night is not regarded as separate from the fast day the Dinim that apply to the three weeks only start in the morning and thus it is permitted to get married at on the night of Shivah Asar b'Tamuz. Other Rishonim argue and say that we do say Aneinu at night because even though we don't have to fast at night but it is regarded as part of the fast day.

The Igros Moshe OC 1:168 says that since the prohibition of getting married during the three weeks is a Minhag we follow the lenient opinion. Additionally it is possible that even the Rishonim who hold that the night is regarded as part of the fast day will admit the Dinim that apply to the three weeks only start in the morning since the actual fasting only start from the morning.

Rav Elyashiv says that on the night of Asara Be'Teves and Tzom Gedalia it is permissible to have a wedding but not on the night of Shivah Asar b'Tamuz because although the fast does not start until the morning the three weeks begin at night. B"shaas Hadchak he says one should have the Chupah before Shekia and then can have the Seudah with music and dancing even at night.

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