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Why do we mourn on Tisha b'Av? A historical overview, a digest of the day's laws, and a guide that leads you through the day, step-by-step.

The 9th of Av - Tisha B'Av

The 9th of Av - Tisha B'Av

A Day of Mourning, A Day of Hope

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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.
Tisha B'Av on Shabbat or Sunday
On Shabbat, all public displays of mourning are strictly prohibited. This causes changes in many of the Tisha B’Av laws and customs.