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Watch Video Classes on Tisha B'Av

Join Chabad.org’s presenters for classes on the laws, meaning, and message of this significant day on the Jewish calendar.

The Secret of Tisha B’Av
We need rebuke or love?
If we understand the underlying cause to the loss of the Holy Temple and the Divine presence it openly expressed, we can focus on reversing our exilic state of divine concealment.
Is Exile G‑d’s Way of Punishing Us?
A Tisha B’Av Class
Why it is illogical to say that the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, and the subsequent exile, came about as a punishment for the Jewish people.
Crying over the Destruction
The lamentations of Jeremiah the prophet
Says the prophet Jeremiah in Lamentations, “For these things I weep.” Where were the rest of the Jewish people when Jeremiah was mourning the destruction of the Holy Temple?
Numerology and Tisha B'Av
The numbers and letters of destruction and renewal
The mystical secrets hinted at by the numbers in the dates associated with the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem—the 17th day of Tammuz, the 9th day of Av, and the three weeks or twenty-one days between them.
The Chassidic Approach to the Three Weeks and Tisha B’Av
Why Tisha B’Av will be a festival in the messianic era?
The teachings of chassidus look beyond the surface of the terrible destruction of the Holy Temple and the subsequent exile, which we mourn during the 3 weeks, and finds the hidden good embedded inside—offering insight into why they’ll ultimately be transformed into joyous holidays in the times of Moshiach.
Laws of Tisha B'Av
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Laws of Tisha B'Av
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Practical Halachah: Tisha B'Av
The Fast of the 9th of Av
Learn the laws and customs for the fast of Tisha B’Av.
The Kabbalah of Tisha B’Av
Explore the deeper mystical dimension of the 9th of Av, the meaning of our current state of exile, and the hope for the ultimate transformation in the future Redemption.
The Destruction of the Holy Temple - Part 1
Textual Study of Talmud (Gittin 55b-57a)
The Talmud’s narrative of the unfortunate episodes that led to the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and our subsequent exile.
Until When?
Video | 7:05
Until When?
Concerning the future Redemption, the prophet declares, “I will offer thanks to You, G-d, for Your wrath,” for at that time, the good hidden in all mankind’s suffering will be made clear. But why must this be concealed from us until then?
Why Second Chances Matter
A message for Shabbat Chazon
Tragedy in Jewish Thought
How should we react when faced with tragedy?
Looking at various perspectives on the destruction of the 2nd Temple and two central approaches to tragedy. Is it proper to react with grief and mourning? Or can positivity be glimpsed through the darkness?
A Light unto All the Nations
Tisha B’Av and the Book of Eicha
In the book of Eicha – authored by Jeremiah the prophet – the letter Lamed in the verse “Let it not befall you...” is written small. This symbolizes Jeremiah's role, and by extension every Jew, to be a light unto the nations.
Rebuild Your Personal Temple
Learn powerful mystical teachings that will illuminate your life in preparation of the 9th of Av.
Location, Location, Location
How the precise location of the altar was determined in the Holy Temple. This Torah class is connected with the 9th of Av.
The Special Meal Before Tisha b’Av: Interruption or Initiation?
Observance of Tisha B’av seems to require a proverbial Seuda Hamafseket or “Last Supper” before the fasting commences. But why make hay out of final morsels; after all isn't it about abstention? A quick glance at the Mishna serves to solidify the query. Yet, a careful analysis of early Talmudic sources along with classic medieval commentary reveals tantalizing meaning and deeper purpose. A fresh new understanding of what this final meal represents, with a special emphasis on its hidden flavors can only be fully appreciated in its unusual Shabbat incarnation.
Halachic Responses Related to the Nine Days and Tisha B’Av
Based on the writings of the Rebbe
The Destruction of the Holy Temple, Part 2
Textual Study of Talmud (Gittin 57a-57b)
From Tragedy Into Joy
An Introduction to the Three Weeks
This class begins with a history of the three-week period of mourning for the Destruction of the Holy Temple and continues with an analysis of a prophecy of Jeremiah that hints to the future transformation of "bitterness into sweetness."
Tisha B’Av
9 Av, 5747 • August 4, 1987
The Rebbe recites the Haftorah and Kinus for the Tisha B’av fast day.
A Work in Progress
"Studying the dimensions of the Holy Temple is like building it"
The Midrash relates that at the beginning of the Babylonian exile, seventy years before the Jews’ return to Jerusalem, G-d instructed Ezekiel to teach them the dimensions of the Holy Temple, because when they engage in its study, G-d considers it as though they built it.
Tisha B’av Prayers
The Rebbe recites the morning prayers on Tisha B’av. His secretary, Rabbi Hodakov, leads the services.
Tisha B’av
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Tisha B’av
Scenes from the morning prayers on the fast of Tisha B’av, which that year fell out on Shabbos and was observed on Sunday.
Tisha B’av 5747
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Tisha B’av 5747
The Rebbe participates in the reading of the Book of Lamentations on the eve of Tisha Ba’v. On this day we mourn the destructions of the first and second Holy Temples.
Reflections on When Bad Things Happen
Rabbi Simcha Weinstein shares heartfelt thoughts on how to approach and channel suffering and pain in a positive way. This talk was recorded on a day of learning on Tisha B’av, when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple.
From Fast to Feast
Video | 40:00
From Fast to Feast
The transformation of fast days in the messianic era
In analyzing Maimonides' description of the future transformation of the current fast days into days of celebration in the Messianic era, this class sheds new light on the nature of things to come. (Likutei Sichos volume 15, p. 412)
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