These mournful poems are the central part of the liturgy of Tisha B'Av.
This famous psalm is read on the eve of Tisha B'Av and sets the tone for an emotionally challenging holiday.
Tisha B'Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, is testament to the failure of prayer to avert national catastrophe.
Why would learning sacred Jewish texts be forbidden on this day of fasting and mourning?
The Sabbaths before and after Tisha B'Av provide a message of comfort and consolation.
The customs and rituals all relate to mourning practices.
There are some unique aspects to communal worship during Tisha B'Av.