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Tisha be-Av

The Ninth of Av is a day of mourning commemorating several tragedies that happened to occur on this date. Traditionally, one would fast from sundown to sundown, recite lamentations (kinot), and read the Biblical book of Lamentations. To learn more about the historical significance of this day or about the Jewish Laws written about how Tisha b-Av mourning is observed, please see below.


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Books on Tisha be'Av: BM 695 T5.7
Kinot and Tisha be'Av liturgy: BM 675 K5
Lamentations: BS 1531-1535.5



Music IconMusic

For traditional melodies used to sing the kinnot or recite eicha, search NINTH OF AV--MUSIC in the catalog.


Recipe IconRecipes

Since it is traditionally observed as a day of fasting, recipes for the day are not typically found in Jewish cookbooks. To explore some options to prepare after the fast, our collection can be found under Jewish cookbooks.


Study materials iconStudy and teaching materials

The Ninth of Av can be a challenging subject for your Hebrew School class or youth group. Explore some teaching aids under NINTH OF AV--STUDY AND TEACHING.

Recommended websites

Tisha be-Av

Explore Tisha B'Av at Reform Judaism

This site gives an overview of the history and practices of this day of mourning.

Tisha b'Av at Judaism 101 / by Tracey Rich

Introductory article on the origins and customs of the day.

Tisha B'Av at My Jewish Learning.

This site contains articles on the basics of the day as well as the traditions, fasting, and the Temple and Destruction.