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Tisha B'Av


The Nine Days

The Nine Days begin with Rosh Chodesh Av (Friday night July 9 and Shabbat July 10) and continue through Tisha B'Av (Saturday night July 17 and Sunday July 18). 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

Traditional practices for Tisha B'Av include: refraining 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"). These restrictions begin at sunset (8:24 PM). Prayer services are conducted in a quiet undertone without singing. 

Fasting on Tisha B'Av is a mitzvah for all Jews over the age of b'nei mitzvah who are able to do so. Those who have a medical condition that prevents fasting at all should eat and/or drink as needed. Those who are able to fast for at least part of the day should continue for as long as they can, then should eat and/or drink as needed.

Just after nightfall, 9:25 PM on Saturday July 17, we will gather for Ma'ariv (evening prayers), the reading of Eichah (Lamentations), and chanting of Kinot (dirge poems).

Location: outdoors on the Cabrini Shrine lawn. Rain location: indoors at Hebrew Tabernacle.

Please bring a copy of Eichah. Extras copies, as well as flashlights, will be available. It is customary to sit on the ground if able. Outdoors, you are encouraged to bring a blanket or mat. A few benches will be available; you are welcome to bring a folding chair. For help with seating or other accessibility needs, please e-mail

On the morning of Tisha B'Av, Sunday July 18, we will gather outdoors at the Shrine Lawn (weather permitting) for Shacharit (8:45 AM) and Minchah (8:00 PM). Tallit and tefillin are not worn at Shacharit, but are worn at Minchah as the liturgical mood begins to shift toward consolation.

Jewish learning on Zoom will be offered by our member Rebecca Galin from 10:30-11:30 AM. Zoom link:

Online learning is also available during the day with the Hadar Institute, cosponsored by FTJC.

Other practices that could enhance one's observance of Tisha B'Av might include: Fasting until the time for Minchah (1:40 PM); reading upsetting parts of the Bible (Lamentations, Job, prophetic rebukes) or rabbinic literature on the destruction of the Temples; reading books or watching films about other tragedies in Jewish history; reflecting on the role of our own misdeeds and "sinat chinam" (gratuitous hatred) in contributing to our suffering; and turning our minds toward teshuvah (return, repentance) as we approach the High Holidays just seven weeks away.

The restrictions on meat and wine continue until midday on the following day, the 10th of Av (Monday July 19), because tradition holds that the Temple ruins still smoldered until then.

Questions? Feel free to e-mail Rabbi Guy.

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 can be brought for contactless dropoff to 121 Bennett Ave, ground floor, to the right of the entrance. Buzzer is 111 and then the bell sign. Hours are 9:30-5, or 12:30 on Fridays. Call the office when you come and let them know you're leaving the food at the office door: 212-568-5450. Financial donations also welcome to enable the JCC to purchase the food items they need: via website at or using Chase Quickpay to


Mon, September 27 2021 21 Tishrei 5782