Tisha B'Av

Monday, July 31: Erev Tisha B'Av

  • Fast begins:  8:12 pm
  • Ma'ariv with Eichah/Lamentations9:00 pm
    Hebrew Tabernacle Social Hall

Tuesday August 1: Tisha B'Av

  • Shacharit: 7:00 am
    Hebrew Tabernacle Classroom 2 (1st Floor)
  • Minchah/Ma'ariv7:45 pm
    Hebrew Tabernacle Classroom 2 (1st Floor)
  • Fast ends8:58 pm

Tisha B'Av Food Drive

As we prepare for and observe the fast of Tisha B'Av, please join FTJC in supporting the kosher food pantry at the JCC of Washington Heights & Inwood by donating non-perishable canned or packaged food, unopened and unexpired, with kosher symbols. (No junk food, please!) Donations may be brought to all Tisha B'Av services on Monday and Tuesday.

The Nine Days

The Nine Days precede Tisha B'Av (which begins Monday night, July 31. To carry us into an atmosphere of mourning, traditional practices for the Nine Days include:  avoiding public celebrations, concerts, and haircuts; refraining from luxuries such as meat, wine, shaving, new clothes, and laundry (except for children's needs). The restrictions on meat and wine are suspended on Shabbat.

Tisha B'Av - Fast of the Ninth of Av

The Three Weeks from 17 Tammuz to 9 Av culminate in mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, as well as other catastrophes that have befallen the Jewish People.

This year Tisha B'Av begins on the evening of Monday, July 31.

Traditional practices for Tisha B'Av: We refrain from eating, drinking, sexual relations, oils and perfumes, bathing (except minimal washing to remove dirt or after using the toilet), studying Torah (except for books like Lamentations and Job), wearing leather shoes, and greeting one another (especially with the word "shalom"). Prayer services are conducted in a quiet undertone.

Bring a flashlight on Monday night when we gather in the social hall for Ma'ariv (evening prayers), the reading of Eichah (Lamentations), and chanting of Kinot (dirge poems). We may run out of Eichah books, so we encourage you to bring your own if you have a copy.

Leave your tallit and tefillin at home on Tuesday morning for Shacharit.  But we do wear tallit and tefillin at Minchah, which we'll hold, followed by an early Ma'ariv ending at nightfall, when we break the fast.  

The restrictions on meat and wine continue until midday on the 10th of Av (1:02 PM on Wednesday August 2), because tradition holds that the Temple ruins still smoldered until then.

Mon, August 21 2017 29 Av 5777