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What is Tishah b'Av?

Tishah b'Av, also known as the 9th of Av, is one of the two annual 25 hour long fast days. Known as the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, Tishah b'Av is...

When is Tishah B'Av

The fast of Tishah B'Av starts at sunset and ends the next day at nightfall. Below are the dates for when Tishah B'Av starts for the next few years:...

Can I brush my teeth or shower on Tishah B'Av?

It is not permitted to brush teeth, rinse out your mouth, or shower/bathe on the 9th of Av. [Ed. note: Please also read "What is forbidden...

When do the rules of the Nine Days end?

All the laws of the Nine Days (and the Three Weeks) are in effect until halachic midday of the day after Tishah B'Av, the 10th of Av. This is because...

Can I chew gum on a fast day?

Can I chew gum on a fast day if I don't intend to swallow it? No gum. The flavoring and sugar (or sweetener) in the gum are...

It's Been Two Thousand Years; Can We Still Be in Love?

On Tuesday, July 24, 2007 -- the Ninth of Av on the Jewish calendar -- we commemorate the destruction of our ancient temple in Jerusalem, which was...

The Month of Teves

According to the Book of Creation, every month has a Hebrew letter associated with it. The month of Teves is associated with the letter...

What is the order of the Tishah b'Av prayers?

The parochet (tapestry which covers the Ark) is removed—or at the very least it is moved to a side. According to Chabad custom, the cloth on the...

Can I wear a leather belt on Yom Kippur or Tishah b’Av?

There is a popular misconception that one may not wear any leather on Yom Kippur and Tishah b'Av. Actually, one may wear leather belts, jackets,...

Are tzitzit worn on Tishah b'Av morning?

Rabbi Naftali Silberberg: Shalom-Welcome. How can I help you? Eli: Since tallit and tefillin are not worn during the morning services of Tishah B_Av, does...