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The 9th of Av - Tisha B'Av

The 9th of Av - Tisha B'Av


Tisha B'Av: Jul. 31 - Aug. 1, 2017

Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the month of Av, is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, on which we fast, deprive ourselves and pray. It is the culmination of the Three Weeks, a period of time during which we mark the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Both Holy Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed on this date, unleashing a period of suffering from which our nation has never fully recovered. . . Read more.

Tisha B’Av Fast: Start Time | End Time

Why do we mourn on Tisha b'Av? A historical overview and a digest of the day's laws.
The Book of Lamentations, the sad prophecy of Jeremiah regarding the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem and the subsequent exile of our nation, forms the centerpiece of the Tisha B’Av mourning.
The 9th of Av, Tisha b'Av, commemorates a list of catastrophes so severe it's clearly a day set aside by G‑d for suffering. Another confirmation of our deeply held conviction that history isn't haphazard.
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.
A step-by-step guide to the saddest day of the year.
There are special synagogue services unlike those held on any other day of the year. Here is what you need to know.
Learn about Tisha B’Av, the destruction of the Temples and the Book of Lamentations.
9 questions from to see how much you know about this important fast day.