Tisha B’Av Schedule 5779

TISHA B’AV SCHEDULE (Pregnant or nursing women, or anyone who is ill, please contact Rabbi Rich about fasting requirements)

Saturday Night, August 10th

  • Fast Begins – 8:18 PM
  • Shabbos Ends – 9:08 PM
  • Maariv / Reading of Eichah / Reading of Kinnos with explanations – 9:30 PM

Sunday, August 11th

  • Shacharis / Reading of Kinnos with explanations (Tallis and Tefillin are not worn) – 8:30 AM
  • Chatzos (Midday): 1:32 PM

Three Video Presentations

Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation:
Love Your Fellow Like Yourself (Suggested donation: Adult: $15, Student: $10)

This Tisha B’Av, the annual Chofetz Chaim World-Wide Event focuses on the single mitzvah most vital to bringing Klal Yisrael out of galus. “V’ahavta l’rei’acha kamocha: The Blueprint for Rebuilding the Beis HaMikdash,” explores this seemingly simple yet elusive mitzvah, and reveals a system anyone can use to make major strides in the right direction.

3:30-5:00 PM Chofetz Chaim Program B

5:30-7:00 PM Chofetz Chaim Program A

7:00-7:45 PM Project Inspire

Mincha (Tallis and Tefillin are worn): 7:45 PM

Maariv: 8:45 PM

Fast Ends: 8:57 PM

Observances of Tisha B’Av (Observed on 10th of Av this year)

Eating and Drinking

  • All eating and drinking is forbidden. This includes rinsing the mouth and brushing teeth, except in a case of great distress.
  • Swallowing capsules or bitter tablets or liquid medicine without water is permitted.
  • The ill or elderly as well as pregnant and nursing women should speak with Rabbi Rich concerning the requirements of fasting. A woman within thirty days of giving birth should not fast.
  • Boys under thirteen years old and girls under twelve years old are not allowed to fast even part of the day.
  • Those not required to fast should eat only what is needed to preserve their health.

Bathing and Washing

  • All bathing for pleasure is prohibited even in cold water including the hands, face and feet. Ritual washing upon waking, after using the bathroom, touching covered parts of the body or before praying is permitted, but only up to the knuckles. One may wash dirty or sullied portions of the body (including cleaning the eyes of glutinous material), and if necessary may use soap or warm water to remove the dirt or odor. Washing for cooking or for medical reasons is permitted. A woman may not immerse on Tisha B’Av since relations are prohibited. Washing to commence the clean days is permitted.


  • Anointing for pleasure is prohibited including oil, soap, alcohol, cream, ointment, perfume, etc.
  • Anointing for medical reasons is permitted, as well as using deodorant to remove bad odor.

Marital Relations

  • Since cohabitation is prohibited, a husband and wife should not come in contact during the night of Tisha B’Av.

Wearing Leather Shoes

  • Even shoes made partially of leather are prohibited.
  • Shoes made of cloth, rubber or plastic are permitted.
  • Wearing leather shoes is permitted for medical reasons.

Learning Torah

  • Since the heart rejoices in the study of Torah, it is prohibited to learn topics other than those relevant to Tisha B’Av or mourning.
  • One may learn: Lamentations with its midrash and commentaries, portions of the Prophets that deal with tragedy or destruction, the third chapter of Moed Katan (which deals with mourning), the story of the destruction (in Gittin 56b-58a, Sanhedrin 104, and in Josephus), and the halachos of Tisha B’Av and mourning.

Additional Restrictions

  • One should deprive himself of some comfort in sleep. Some reduce the number of pillows, some sleep on the floor.
  • Pregnant women, the elderly and the ill are exempt. Sitting on a normal chair is forbidden until midday.
  • One may sit on a low bench or chair, or on a cushion on the floor.
  • Greeting someone with “good morning” and the like is prohibited. One who is greeted should answer softly and, if possible, inform the person of the prohibition.
  • One should not give a gift except to the needy.
  • Things that divert one from mourning such as idle talk, reading the newspaper, taking a walk for pleasure, etc. are prohibited.
  • Smoking is prohibited until afternoon, and then only for one who is compelled to and in private.
  • The custom is to refrain until midday from any time-consuming work that diverts one from mourning. In a case of financial loss, consult the rabbi.


  • Ashkenazim do not wear tefillin at Shacharis, nor is a blessing made on tzitzis. At Mincha, tefillin is worn and those who wear a tallis gadol make the blessing then.
  • At Mincha, the prayers Nacheim and Aneinu are added to the Shmonah Esrei during the blessing “Veliyerushalayim” and “Shema Koleinu” respectively. “Sim Shalom” is said in place of “Shalom Rav.” If one forgot them and completed that bracha, he need not repeat the prayer.
  • The custom is to sanctify the new moon the night after Tisha B’Av, preferably after having eaten something.

On Sunday Night After the Fast

After the fast is over, one may not eat until Havdalah is recited. Women should hear Havdalah from their husbands or a neighbor. If it is difficult for a woman to wait for Havdalah, she may drink before Havdalah. Havdalah may be recited over wine or grape juice, and it need not be given to a minor to drink. Only the blessings of Borei peri ha-gafen and ha-Mavdil are recited. Borei me’orei ha-eish is not recited, even if one forgot to recite that blessing the previous night. It is permitted to take a haircut, shave, do laundry, sew, bathe and recite Shehecheyanu immediately after the fast. Meat and wine (other than the wine from Havdalah) should not be consumed until the next morning. Listening to music should be avoided until the next morning.

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