Tisha B'Av: July 28-29, 2012

What is Tisha B'av

The saddest day on the Jewish calendar is the Ninth of Av, "Tisha b'Av," the date on which both our Holy Temples were destroyed, and exile, persecution and spiritual darkness began.

Tisha b'Av starts at sundown of the eighth of Av and lasts till the following nightfall. During this time-period we fast, eschew pleasurable activities and amenities, and lament the destruction of the Holy Temple and our nation’s exile.

This year, the 9th of Av falls on Shabbat. Because of the holiness of Shabbat, the Fast of the Ninth of Av is postponed to after Shabbat. The fast begins on Shabbat eve at sunset, and continues through, Av 10, till nightfall.

It is a tradition, however, that Tisha b'Av is also the birthday of our Redeemer. This symbolizes the idea that from the ashes of the destroyed temple will rise an incomparably magnificent edifice; exile will give birth to redemption. Thus Tisha b’Av is also a day of anticipation and hope, for "One who mourns Jerusalem will merit seeing her happiness."



Tisha B'Av Schedule at Chabad of Pierce County:

Shabbat evening, July 28th, Tisha B'Av eve
Evening Services and the reding Eichah - The book of Lamentation: 9:45 pm

Halachic Times
Fast Begins: 8:48 pm
Chatzos: 1:16 pm
Fast Ends: 9:23 pm

May we merit to celebrate Tisha B'Av this year together with Moshiach and the rebuilding of our third Holy Temple, AMEN!



Basic Laws of Tisha B'av

Besides fasting, we abstain from additional pleasures: washing, applying lotions or creams, wearing leather footwear, and marital relations. Until midday, we sit on the floor or on low stools. We also abstain from studying Torah—besides those parts that discuss the destruction of the Temple.

On the eve of Tisha b’Av, we gather in the synagogue to read the Book of Lamentations. Tallit and tefillin are not worn during the morning prayers. After the morning prayers we recite Kinot (elegies). We don the tallit and tefillin for the afternoon prayers.


For more about Tisha B'av, click here.

Click here for special instructions for this year, when Tisha B'av falls on Shabbat.


What happened on the Ninth of Av?
A Historical Overview

The 9th of Av, Tisha b'Av, commemorates a list of catastrophes so severe it's clearly a day specially cursed by G‑d. Another confirmation of our deeply held conviction that history isn't haphazard.


The Laws of Mourning

As part of our mourning for the destruction of the Temple and the exile of Israel, we abstain from many pleasurable activities on the night and day of Av 9, first and foremost: eating and drinking.


Order of the Day
A Step-By-Step Guide to Tisha b'Av Observance

The Separation Meal, the Book of Lamentations, elegies, prayers, Torah Readings, the break-fast, and more.




History History
The Destruction of the Temples

The First Temple

The Second Temple

The Fall of Betar

The Holy Temple The Holy Temple
Virtual Tour of the Holy Temple

Tour the Holy Temple

Readings & Insights

In Depth


Insights Insights
Thoughts and Reflections

The Pinch

Why We Mourn

Good Grief



Multimedia Multimedia
Audio and Video

The Holy Temple

Siege of Jerusalem

The 17th of Tammuz