Tisha B'Av

Fasting from a Functional Perspective

This year Tisha B'Av begins at sunset on August 4 and continues until the following evening. Fasting on Tisha B'av has transformative potential, if we approach the practice from functional, rather than mythic, terms.

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Basics

Tisha B'Av History

Tisha B'Av History

The sadder side of the Jewish past.

Rituals & Practices

What to do (and not do) on Tisha B'Av.

Observances

The customs and rituals all relate to mourning practices.

Tisha B'Av Quiz

Test your knowledge of this day of mourning.

Tisha B'Av: Texts, Readings, And Insights

This book offers insights and explanations of Talmudic and traditional sources that shed light on this sad day.

Traditions

Eicha (Lamentations)

Eicha (Lamentations)

A special reading for Tisha B'Av that sets the tone for this tragic day.

Kinot

Poetry recounting the sorrows.

The Three Weeks

The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem is commemorated with a period of mourning.

Shabbat Hazon & Shabbat Nahamu

The Sabbaths before and after Tisha B'Av provide a message of comfort and consolation.

Synagogue Service

There are some unique aspects to communal worship during Tisha B'Av.


Fasting

Fasting

Fasting

Recovering the benefits of denial.

Fasting and Asceticism

The prohibitions of Yom Kippur also apply on Tisha B'Av.

Blintz Souffle

A traditional recipe for breaking the fast.

God in Your Body

This book on Kabbalah, Mindfulness, and Embodied Spiritual Practice looks at Judaism's take on everything from fasting to walking.

Learning to Mourn

How can we mourn a loss that happened thousands of years ago, and what is the value of that grieving?

The Temple & Destruction

The Temple

The Temple

A look into the psyche of ancient Judaism.

A Communal Mourning

Re-enacting the sorrow felt by those who survived the destruction of the Temple.

Jerusalem

The Holy City changed hands many times in history.

After the Temple

Stories from the Talmud about coping with destruction and building for the future.

The Book of Lamentations (Eichah)

Buy the volume we read from on Tisha B'Av. Full Hebrew text, with English translation and commentary.

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