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.
Books on Tisha be'Av: BM 695 T5.7
Kinot and Tisha be'Av liturgy: BM 675 K5
Lamentations: BS 1531-1535.5
For traditional melodies used to sing the kinnot or recite eicha, search NINTH OF AV--MUSIC in the catalog.
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.
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.
This site gives an overview of the history and practices of this day of mourning.
Introductory article on the origins and customs of the day.
This site contains articles on the basics of the day as well as the traditions, fasting, and the Temple and Destruction.