Tisha B'Av
Guide & Schedule
Nightfall of July 29
until nightfall of July 30

Begins at 7:57 PM

Ends at 8:24 PM

General Info and Customs

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.

The fast starts at sundown of the ninth 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.

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."

Tisha B'Av Schedule at Chabad

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 (9 Av)

Fast Begins 7:57pm
The Reading of Eicha at 8:30pm

Thursday, July 30, 2020 (10 Av)

Shacharis at 7:00am

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Tefillin & Mincha followed Maariv at 7:15pm
Fast ends 8:24pm

Halachic Times 

Fast Begins: 7:57pm 
Chatzos: 1:00pm
Fast ends 8:24pm 

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


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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