Tisha B’Av 2017

Tisha B'Av (the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av) begins at sunset on Monday, July 31, and continues until the evening of August 1.

Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av) begins at sunset on Monday, July 31, and continues until┬áthe evening of August 1.

What is Tisha B’Av?

Tisha B’Av is the major day of communal mourning. First and foremost Tisha B’Av commemorates the destruction of both the first and second temples in Jerusalem (586 B.C.E, and 70 C.E respectively), but many other travesties have occured on the same date.

How is Tisha B’Av observed?

On Tisha B’av Eicha (the book of Lamentations) is read with a unique nusah, a special melody.

As a sign of mourning it is customary to fast, refrain from bathing, wearing leather shoes, and having sexual relations.

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Tisha B’Av Rituals and Practices

Mourning the destruction of both temples, as well as a number of other Jewish tragedies.

Kinot for Tisha B’Av

The liturgy for the 9th of Av includes Lamentations and special additional elegies.

The Book of Lamentations

This special reading for Tisha B'Av sets the tone for this tragic and mournful day