ABCs of Tisha B'Av

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B’Av falls on Shab­bat or Sun­day.)

Sun­down marks the com­mence­ment of Tisha B'Av, where no eat­ing or drink­ing is per­mit­ted un­til night­fall the fol­low­ing evening. It is also for­bid­den to bathe or wash, wear leather shoes, or en­gage in mar­i­tal re­la­tions. We also do not learn To­rah, ex­cept for texts rel­e­vant to Tisha B'Av and mourn­ing – e.g. the book of La­men­ta­tions and Job, and cer­tain sec­tions of the Tal­mud (in­clud­ing the story of Kamtza and story of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza).

The Book of Eicha (La­men­ta­tions) Jeremiah's po­etic lament over the de­struc­tion of Jerusalem and the First Tem­ple, is read in the syn­a­gogue as part of the evening ser­vice. Spe­cial “Kinot” (ele­gies) are also re­cited, both at night and dur­ing the day.

Other mourn­ing prac­tices in­clude sit­ting on a low chair (af­ter mid­day, a reg­u­lar chair per­mit­ted; see “Laws of Shoes and Chairs”. We also min­i­mize busi­ness and leisure ac­tiv­i­ties.

Fol­low­ing Tisha B'Av, all nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties may be re­sumed, ex­cept for the fol­low­ing which are de­layed un­til mid­day of the 10th of Av, be­cause the burn­ing of the Tem­ple con­tin­ued through the 10th of Av: hair­cuts, wash­ing clothes, bathing, lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, and eat­ing meat and wine.

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