Tisha B’Av

Tisha B'Av

Tisha B’Av 101

Tisha B'Av, the ninth day of the month of Av, is the major day of communal mourning in the Jewish calendar.

Bible

The Book of Lamentations

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

Tisha B'Av

The Three Weeks

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

Tisha B’Av History

The tragic events commemorated on this day of fasting and mourning.

What Are the Nine Days?

In this period leading up to Tisha B'Av, Jews traditionally abstain from eating meat.

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.

Shabbat Hazon & Shabbat Nahamu

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

Baseless Love

How Tu B’Av, the “Jewish Valentine’s Day,” can prepare us for Yom Kippur.

Tisha B’Av Quiz

How much do you know about Tisha B'Av?

Judaism after the Temple

Coping with destruction and building for the future.

The Temple & its Destruction

A look into the psyche of ancient Judaism.

The Western Wall Today

The sole remnant of the ancient Temple plays a role in observing festivals in modern times.

What Happens in Synagogue on Tisha B’av

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

The Spiritual Trauma of Taking a Life

How the kosher practice of waiting between meat and dairy reminds us of Moses' discomfort with violence.