Parsha Toldot - Chapter 25 - Verse 29 - 30
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, cont.
Yaakov is cooking a lentil stew, and Esav comes in exhausted and Esav (it says it twice). Rashi says he is so tired from killing. He wants the red stew. The Midrash says Yaakov tells Esav he made the lentils because their Grandfather Avraham died that day. Esav just want to Eat, drink and be merry. He just wants to be satiated and have poured that food down his throat.
There are always two paths in life, one leads us to kedusaha, and one makes us fall. The daily choices we make between comfort or growth will shape us into the people we become.
Raize discusses the laws of Tisha B'Av. She mentions that unlike mourning for a loved one, we increase our mourning until the actual destruction of the Beis Hamikdash and then we practically stop mourning altogether.
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch - Cont. - Chapter 5 laws of holiness and appropriate behavior
1. In a bathroom, it is forbidden to think or speak anything that is connected to holiness. One may not say the name of Hashem , even G-d
2..One also may not speak words of holiness in front of nakedness, one's own or others. A man cannot say a blessing, prayer or any words of Torah or holiness in front of any part of a woman's body that is exposed and according to the laws of modesty must be covered.
We women should be extra careful never to be a stumbling block in front of men.
Laws of the 9 Days Beginning on Rosh Chodesh Av:
1. Postpone a lawsuit with a non Jew.
2. Decrease business if possible
3. We do not purchase any object of joy
4.No construction, painting , home decorating or planting for pleasure.
5.We don't eat meat or drink wine
6.We don't launder our clothing or wear any freshly laundered clothing
7.We don't weave, knit or embroider
8.We don't shower or go swimming