Saturday eve, August 10 - Sunday, August 11

 Fast begins Saturday eve, August 10 at 7:53 PM
and concludes Sunday, August 11 at 8:22 PM

9:00 PM: Reading of Eicha - Lamentations
at a private residence.
please call 617.247.7100 or email info@bostonchabad.org for address

It is customary to wear non-leather shoes on Tisha B'av


The 9th of the Hebrew month of Av, known on the Jewish calendar as Tisha B'Av, is the climax of the saddest days in our history known as the The Three Weeks. The Three Weeks  is an annual mourning period that falls out in the summer. This is when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple and our launch into a still-ongoing exile. The period begins on the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, a fast day that marks the day when the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans in 69 CE. It reaches its zenith and concludes with the fast of the 9th of Av, the date when both Holy Temples were set aflame. This is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, and it is also the date of other tragedies spanning our nation’s history, such as, the Spanish Explosion in 1492. 

Tisha B'av - 9 Av begins at sunset of the previous evening, when we gather in the synagogue to read the Book of Lamentations, in Hebrew Eicha. Besides fasting, it is customary to  abstain from additional pleasures: washing, applying lotions or creams, wearing leather shoes, and marital relations. Until midday, we sit on the floor or on low stools.

There is more to the Three Weeks than fasting and lamentation. Our sages tell us that those who mourn the destruction of Jerusalem will merit seeing it rebuilt with the coming of Moshiach. May that day come soon, and then all the mournful dates on the calendar will be transformed into days of tremendous joy and happiness.

Wishing you an easy fast!