Fast Days

Fast Days

The Fast of Tisha B'Av 

Saturday, August 13th - fast begins at 7:56 pm

Sunday, August 14th - fast ends at 8:25 pm
Schedule of Services:
Saturday, August 13th - 9:15 PM
Maariv Service
followed by the Reading of Eicha
Sunday, August 14th - 10:00 AM
Shacharis Service 
Mourning the destruction of the Temple and the exile of Israel, we abstain from eating and drinking, bathing, the wearing of leather footwear and marital relations - for the night and day of Av 9. This year Av 9 falls out on Shabbos so the fast is postponed until sundown of Av 9 - Saturday, August 13, until nightfall of Av 10 - Sunday, August 14


It is customary to sit on the floor or a low seat until after mid-day. Torah study is restricted to laws of mourning, passages describing the destruction of the Temple, and the like.


On Saturday, August 13th:  


Stop Eating & Drinking by 7:56 pm

Reading of Eicha at 9:15 pm



Tisha B'av Overview


The most tragic day of the Jewish year, our sages relate that on this day:

  • Both the First and Second Temples were destroyed, in 423 BCE and 69 CE respectively.
  • In the desert, following the exodus from Egypt, the people supported the spies and no longer desired to enter the Land of Israel. As a result, it was decreed that they would wander for forty years in the desert.
  • Beitar, the capital of Bar Kochba's kingdom,was destroyed in 132 CE.
  • The Romans plowed the Temple Mount like a field in 133 CE.
  • The Jewish Expulsion from England in 1290 CE was on this day
  • The 9th of Av in 1492 was the final date for a Jew to remain in Spain under Queen Isabella
  • The start date of World War I.


For this reason, Tishah B'Av itself is commemorated as a severe fast day, during which we are forbidden to eat, drink, wash, wear leather shoes, put on lotions or engage in marital relations.


The tefillin are worn only during the afternoon Minchah prayers, after 1:01 pm on Sunday, August 14th.    

Sun, 30 April 2017 4 Iyyar 5777