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 the 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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Tisha B’Av Rituals and Practices

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

Tisha B’Av FAQ

Your questions about the Jewish day of mourning answered.

Why Tisha B’Av is Not Really About Mourning

The practices associated with this holiday are closer to the experience of being a refugee than to being a mourner.