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Tisha B'Av

Tisha B'Av


Tisha B'Av: August 13-14, 2016

What is Tisha B'av

The saddest day on the Jewish calendar is the Ninth of Av, "Tisha B'Av," the date on which both our Holy Temples were destroyed, and exile, persecution and spiritual darkness began.

Tisha B'Av starts at sundown of the eighth of Av and lasts till the following nightfall. During this time-period we fast, eschew pleasurable activities and amenities, and lament the destruction of the Holy Temple and our nation’s exile.

This year Tisha B’Av is on Shabbat. On Shabbat, all public displays of mourning are strictly prohibited. On this day we eat, drink and rejoice as is customary—and even more so. The fast is therefore postponed to Saturday evening.

It is a tradition, however, that Tisha B'Av is also the birthday of our Redeemer. This symbolizes the idea that from the ashes of the destroyed temple will rise an incomparably magnificent edifice; exile will give birth to redemption. Thus Tisha B’Av is also a day of anticipation and hope, for "One who mourns Jerusalem will merit seeing her happiness."

Basic Laws of Tisha B'av

Besides fasting, we abstain from additional pleasures: washing, applying lotions or creams, wearing leather footwear, and marital relations. Until midday, we sit on the floor or on low stools. We also abstain from studying Torah—besides those parts that discuss the destruction of the Temple.

On the eve of Tisha B’Av, we gather in the synagogue to read the Book of Lamentations. Tallit and tefillin are not worn during the morning prayers. After the morning prayers we recite Kinot (elegies). We don the tallit and tefillin for the afternoon prayers.

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Saturday Evening, August 13th, Tisha B'Av eve at 8:45pm

The Reading of Eicha (lamentations)

Sunday, August 14th, Tisha B'Av Morning
Shachrit (No Tallit and Tefillin): 8:30am
Tefflin & Mincha followed by a Torah class and Maariv: 6:30pm
Fast ends 8:08pm with Light Refreshments

Halachic Times
Fast Begins: 7:43pm
Shabbat ends: 8:22pm
Chatzos: 1:00pm
Fast Ends: 8:08pm

At Chabad Campus 17315 Sunset Blvd.

May we merit to celebrate Tisha B'Av this year together with Moshiach and the rebuilding of our third Holy Temple, AMEN!