Tisha B'Av - A Time to Mourn

What is Tisha B’Av? This is a time to mourn for the Jewish people. It takes place on the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av.  It is the darkest day on the Jewish calendar — a day of mourning to commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, many of which have occurred on this day throughout history.

Jews around the world observe Tisha B’Av, this most solemn time in the Jewish year, which marks the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem and the exile of the Jewish people from their homeland.

The main events remembered are the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, both of which were destroyed on the ninth of Av, the first by the Babylonians in 586 BCE, and the second by the Romans in 70 CE.

Let’s Learn About Tisha B’Av

Watch Fellowship President Yael Eckstein as she explains the history and the traditions associated with Tisha B’Av in this brief video.

Devotions for Tisha B’Av

As Jews around the world mark this most solemn day on the Jewish calendar, use our devotional guide to learn the deeper lessons from this most somber occasion.

The Biblical Temple

The temple was a place of worship for the Jewish people and the very center of their lives, faith, and relationship with God. Download this bulletin to learn more about the Temple. Click here to watch a brief video to see what Jerusalem looked like during the era of the Second Temple.

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