Tish'a B'Av Schedule at Chabad of the West Side
Maariv and Eicha Reservations

Wednesday, July 29
Fast begins- 8:14 PM
Maariv and Eicha- 9:00 PM by reservation. Please reserve here.
There will be two simultaneous services upstairs and downstairs.
Second reading at 9:45 PM- Upstairs Only- Please reserve here. Reservation opens when first reading is full.

Thursday, July 30th- Tish'a B'Av
Shacharis- 9:00 AM
Midday: 1:01 PM
Minchah (with Talis and Tefillin)- 7:30 PM
Maariv and end of fast-8:44 PM
A break the fast will be served in Shul sponsored by Andy and Aviva Bloom in memory of  Andy's grandfather, Yisroel ben Yehuda Leib, whose yahrzeit is 10 Av.


Laws and Customs for Tisha B'Av - July 29 - 30

*Limitations on Torah study - From midday on Erev Tisha B’av, Wednesday, 7/29 at 1:02 PM, we do not learn those areas of Torah that we would not learn on Tisha B’Av itself. This includes virtually all Torah study except for the sad Midrashim which relate to the destruction, Halachah which relates to the fast day, the Book of Jeremiah and similar material.

*Early Minchah – Minchah is davened early on Erev Tisha B'Av. Afterwards, people eat their final meal at home.

*Meal before the fast - For the final meal before the fast, on Wednesday afternoon, 7/29, we eat a full meal in order to prepare for the fast, excluding meat and wine. If bread was eaten, Birkat Hamazon is then recited. 

* The final meal - The Seudah Mafseket, final meal is eaten before Sundown. this consists of bread dipped in ashes and an egg. Each member of the family should eat this meal alone, seated on the floor or a low stool. Note that the meal must be concluded before sundown, at 8:14 PM

*The fast begins - The fast begins at sunset (8:14 PM) on Wednesday afternoon, 7/29. All prohibitions, like wearing leather shoes and sitting on a low chair (less than 3 tefachim, handbreadths), begin at this time.

*Ma’ariv – We will daven Ma’ariv in Shul and read Eichah beginning at 9:00 PM

*The 5 prohibitions – On Tisha B’Av we refrain from eating and drinking, anointing oneself, washing (even the hands), marital relations, and wearing leather shoes.

*Washing Hands - During Tisha B’Av, in the morning upon arising and after we use the bathroom, we only wash our hands up to the connection of the fingers and the palm. The blessing of Al Netilat Yadayim is still said (in the morning).

*Sitting on Chairs - We can sit on chairs (higher than 3 tefachim) after Midday, 1:02 PM, on Tisha B’av, 7/30.

*Tefillin - Tefillin are not worn at Shacharit on Tisha B’Av. They are, instead worn at Minchah. Therefore, great care should be taken to daven Minchah before Sundown, since Tefillin must be donned before sundown, though Minchah very often may start after that time. This is especially true of those that put on Rabbeinu Tam’s Tefillin. They must make sure to finish Minchah and put on their second pair of Tefillin before sundown.

*End of Fast - The fast ends on Thursday night, 7/30, at 8:44 PM. A break the fast will be served in Shul sponsored by Andy and Aviva Bloom in memory of  Andy's grandfather, Yisroel ben Yehuda Leib, whose yahrzeit is 10 Av

*Washing the hands - After the fast, we wash our hands as we would normally do upon awakening, washing each hand up to the wrist three times alternately, but without saying a blessing.

*After the fast - The restrictions for the Three Weeks and 9 Days generally end at midday on the 10th of Av, July 31. However, since this year, the 10th of Av falls on Friday, Erev Shabbat, doing laundry, bathing and getting haircuts are permitted first thing Friday morning. There is no need to wait until midday. Other activities including listening to music, having weddings, eating meat and drinking wine cannot begin until after midday on Friday, July 31. 

*Kiddush Levana – Kiddush Levana is said after the fast.

Extra Learning for the Three Weeks and the Nine Days 

The Rebbe has emphasized that in addition to mourning the loss of the Temple during the Three Weeks, we need to do positive things during this time in a spirit of working towards the rebuilding of the Third Temple. One thing in particular he suggested is the study of the Laws of the Temple, Beit HaBechirah, from Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah. By studying about the Temple, we can hasten its rebuilding.

Here is a quote from the Rambam’s Laws of the Beit HaBechirah (Chapter 2:1-2):

1.The Altar is [to be constructed] in a very precise location,1 which may never be changed, as it is said (II Chronicles 22:1): "This is the Altar for the burnt offerings of Israel."

Isaac was prepared as a sacrifice on the Temple's [future] site, as it is said (Genesis 22:2): "Go to the land of Moriah," and in Chronicles (II 3:1), it is said: "Then, Solomon began to build the House of the Lord in Jerusalem, on Mt. Moriah, where [the Lord] appeared to David, his father, in the place that David had prepared, in the threshing floor of Ornan, the Jebusite."

2. It is universally accepted that the place on which David and Solomon built the Altar, the threshing floor of Ornan, is the location where Abraham built the Altar on which he prepared Isaac for sacrifice.

Noah built [an altar] on that location when he left the ark. It was also [the place] of the Altar on which Cain and Abel brought sacrifices. [Similarly,] Adam, the first man, offered a sacrifice there and was created at that very spot, as our Sages said: "Man was created from the place where he [would find] atonement."

To study Rambam's Laws of the Temple online and a watch classes in the Rambam, click here.

For much more about the Holy Temple, including articles, classes texts and stories, see here.