Tisha B'Av

Tisha B’Av 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 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

Learn more about Tisha B'Av, the darkest day on the Jewish calendar from the teachings of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and from Yael Eckstein's video.

Going Deeper

At the center of Tisha B'Av holiday is the Temple. Learn more about this fascinating topic by reading a brief bulletin about the Temple or watching one of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's video teachings about the holiest site in Judaism.

Celebrating Tisha B'Av

Listen to Yael Eckstein and Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein explain how Tisha B'Av is celebrated in Jerusalem. You can also download Yael's bulletin in addition to devotions related to Tisha B'Av.

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