Tisha B'Av: July 25-26

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.

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."


Shabbat (Saturday) evening, July 25th, Tisha B'Av eve

Fast begins: 8:52 PM
Evening Services and the reding Eichah - The book of Lamentation:

9:45 pm

 at the Chabad Center

here to read the book of Eichah - The book of Lamentations.

Halachic Times:
Fast Begins: 8:52 pm

Shabbat ends: 9:48 pm

Sunday, July 26th, Tisha B'Av Morning

Midday: 1:16 pm
Fast Ends: 9:28 pm

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


Click here to read the book of Eichah - The book of Lamentations. 


Click to read more about the Laws and Customs of Tisha B'Av.



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.

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 
Insights Insights
Thoughts and Reflections 
Tisha B'Av Schedule at Chabad of Pierce County: