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Tisha B'Av: July 25-26, 2015


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."

Tisha B'Av Schedule at Chabad-Lubavitch of West Houston- CHAI Learning Center:

Shabbat (Saturday) evening, July 25th, Tisha B'Av eve @ CHAI
Maariv and Eicah: 9:30 pm
Followed by 9 of Av Documentary Video

Sunday, July 26th, Tisha B'Av Morning @ Chabad Lubavitch Center 10900 Fondren Rd
Shachrit (No Tallit and Tefillin): 10:00 am
Mincha (with Tallit and Tefillin): 3:15 pm
Maariv: 8:35 pm

Halachic Times
Fast Begins on Shabbat: 8:19 pm
Chatzos/ Midday on Sunday: 1:28 pm
Fast Ends on Sunday: 8:45 pm

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

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.
Tisha B'Av That Falls 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.
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
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