TISHA B’AV SCHEDULE & HALACHOT
Fast Begins at 7:54 and concludes Tuesday evening at 8:35
- Mincha – 7:40
- Arvit – 8:00
- Megillat Eichah reading and program at 8:15
- Shacharit – 9:00
- 9:45 Kinot program led by Rabbi Avi Stewart and others.
Our annual Tisha B’Av service is intended to make the Kinos meaningful. We select a number of the Kinos and take turns explaining them with an inspirational preface. This approach is actually introduced in the opening section of Shulchan Aruch (Orech Chaim1:4) where Rabbeinu Yosef Karo rules that “a few tachanunim said with mindful focus are better than saying many without mindful focus.” We recommend that each person praying with us take the time to allow us to guide their focus through some understanding of what each selected lamentation is about, what is its history and scope, and what we are meant to be processing within our minds and hearts as we make our way through its verses.
1:00 First movie screening
5:00 Second movie screening
The Laws of the Ninth of Av
On the afternoon before the Fast, the last meal is called the Seuda HaMafseket (the meal of ceasing to eat) and is intended to inaugurate the mourning of the next day. The meal should have just one dish, unlike meals of honor or pleasure. The custom is to eat only bread, hard-boiled eggs and water and it should not be eaten as a social meal between lots of friends. One is allowed to eat after this meal unless one had in mind that this should be the last meal before the fast.
Several customs associated with Shiva are in force during the Ninth:
- Leather shoes are prohibited unless one must wear them because one would otherwise suffer ridicule.
- Cohabitation between husband and wife is forbidden.
- Also, washing of any kind is forbidden except for one’s fingers after one comes out of the bathroom.
Learning Torah brings one to Simcha, and therefore one can only learn subjects on the Ninth which are connected to mourning such as Eicha, Job, or the stories about the destruction of the Temple.
Greetings are forbidden, although one can answer if greeted.
Also, at least until noontime, one should sit on at least a low chair or on a pillow on the ground.
These are the Mitzvot Bein Adam L’Makom (between man and HaShem), which are unique to this time of year. This is also a very important time to be careful about Lashon HaRah. The spies whose Lashon HaRah about the Land of Israel sealed the fate of the Jews in the Desert performed their mission during this time of year and returned on the Ninth of Av. Also, the Temple was destroyed because of causeless hatred, making this a perfect time for causeless love between Jews.