• Tisha Be’av 5774: Everything You Need To Know

    Fast Begins: Monday Evening (Shkiah) 8:07pm ● Kinos to be completed: Before midday Tuesday (Chatzos) 1:01pm ● Earliest Mincha: Tuesday 1:31pm ● Fast Ends: Nighfall Tuesday (Tzeis) 8:37pm ● Tuesday Weather: Humid with a High of 86 / RealFeel 93 ● Halachos & More

    Fast Times:

    Fast Begins: Monday Evening (Shkiah) 8:07pm

    Kinos to be completed: Before midday Tuesday (Chatzos) 1:01pm

    Earliest Mincha: Tuesday 1:31pm

    Fast Ends: Nighfall Tuesday (Tzeis) 8:37pm


    Weather (

    Monday Night: Low of 71 / RealFeel 70
    A shower in spots in the evening; otherwise, partly cloudy

    Tuesday: High of 86 / RealFeel 93
    Humid with times of clouds and sun; a shower or thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon



    Laws of Tisha Be’av:

    On Tisha Be’av it is forbidden to:

    1. Eat or drink. All adults – even pregnant and nursing women – must fast on this day. Someone who is ill should consult a rabbi.

    2. Wear leather footwear.

    3. Sit on a normal-height chair until midday. After midday of Tisha B’Av, Sunday at 1:01 p.m. it is permitted to sit on a regular chair. (“Halachic” midday is the halfway point between sunrise and sunset.)

    4. Bathe or wash oneself-“even to insert a finger in cold water.” One who becomes soiled may rinse the affected area with cold water.

    5. Apply ointment, lotions or creams.

    6. Engage in marital relations or any form of intimacy.

    7. Greet another with the customary “hello” or “how are you doing?”

    8. Engaging in outings, trips or any other pleasurable activities.

    9. Study Torah, because “the commandments of the L-rd are upright, causing the heart to rejoice” (Psalms 19:9). It is however permitted – and encouraged – to study sections of the Torah which discuss the destruction of the Temples and the tragedies which befell the Jewish people throughout our history. This prohibition begins at midday of the day before Tisha B’Av.


    Order of the Day:

    Immediately before the fast begins we eat the “separation meal.” This somber meal is not very plentiful-it follows a larger meal eaten a bit earlier. This second meal is eaten while sitting on the floor or a low stool. The meal consists of a hard-boiled egg and a piece of bread dipped in ashes, both symbols of mourning.

    In the synagogue, the curtain is removed from the Ark and the lights are dimmed. After the evening prayers, Eichah (the Book of Lamentations) is read. The leader reads aloud and the congregation reads along in an undertone.

    When ritually washing the hands in the morning, the water should only be poured on the fingers until the knuckle joints. Tuesday night before breaking the fast, one should wash netilat yadayim, this time covering the entire hand with water, but without reciting the blessing.

    Tallit and Tefillin are not worn during the morning services. Instead, we don them for Mincha. Tzitzit are worn the entire day.

    After Shacharit, it is customary to read the Kinnot (Tisha b’Av elegies).

    Work is permitted on Tisha b’Av, but discouraged. On this day one’s focus should be on mourning and repentance. If one must work, it should preferably be after midday.

    The sections of “Nachem” and “Aneinu” are added to the amidah of the Mincha prayer. Aneinu is only recited by one who is actually fasting.

    The Temple was set ablaze on the afternoon of the 9th of Av, and burned through the 10th. Therefore, the restrictions of the Nine Days (such as not eating meat or swimming) extend until midday of Wednesday, the 10th of Av.


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