Tisha B’Av 2018

In 2018, Tisha B'Av begins at sunset on Saturday, July 21.

Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av) begins at sunset on Saturday, July 21, and continues until┬áthe evening of Sunday, July 22.

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.

Learn more about Tisha B’Av rituals and practices.

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The Three Weeks

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

A Day of Disaster

Many calamitous events are said to have occurred on Tisha B'Av.

Beyond the Three Weeks

The month of Av brings with it forgiveness similar to the experience of Yom Kippur.