Tisha B'Av
Guide & Schedule
Nightfall of Wednesday eve, July 29, 2020
until nightfall of Thursday, July 30, 2020

FAST OF 9 AV 
Begins at 8:21 pm
Ends at 8:47 pm
 
General Info and Customs
 

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."

 
 
Schedule
 

Wednesday, July 29, 9th of Av begins

Join us on zoom for the reading of the book of Eicha, pick up your copy at Chabad to follow along. Reply to this message to schedule pickup. 

Thursday, July 30, 9th of Av

11:00 am. Lecture by Rachelle Frankeal, Dean of Students at the Nishmat Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women.  She also heads the Advanced Halakha (Jewish Law) Program at Matan Women’s Institute for Torah Studies in Jerusalem, where she teaches Talmud and Halakha. On June 10, 2014, Frankel’s sixteen-year-old son, Naftali, was kidnapped with two fellow students, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar. During that grueling period, and in the time since the news of their murder was received, Mrs. Fraenkel has been an inspiring model of faith: a giver, rather than a recipient, of encouragement to a grieving nation. 

Use this link at or before 11:00 am on Thursday.
 

6:30 pm.  Special prayer service with Tallis and Tefilllin on Zoom.

7:00 pm. Triumph of Hope: Personal Recollections of Faith Amidst the Horrors of the Holocaust.
Special film in honor of 9 AV. 

The film is a stirring documentary, featuring Holocaust survivors recounting how their faith and trust in G‑d persevered despite living in a brutal and horrifying concentration camp.

Join us on Zoom and facebook live at

 
 
Observances
 

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, on non Covid-19 years, 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.

 
 
Further Reading