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Tisha B'Av Services

Past Sessions
Sunday, August 11, 2019 10 Av 5779 - 7:30 PM - 150 W 85 Street (MCS)
Saturday, August 10, 2019 9 Av 5779 - 9:15 PM - 150 W 85 Street (MCS)

Saturday, August 10
   Fast begins at 8:00 pm
Shabbat ends at 8:46 pm
Maariv at 9:15 pm
Followed by Eicha and Kinot

Sunday, August 11
No Darkhei Noam shacharit minyan
Mincha and Maariv at 7:30 pm
Fast concludes at 8:36 pm on Sunday
Light break fast snacks will be available following Maariv

 

This year, the beginning of the fast of Tisha b'Av coincides with the end of Shabbat. There is no traditional seudah mafseket because we avoid public signs of mourning on Shabbat. At the third meal of Shabbat (seudah shlishit) please be sure to eat and drink a lot. One may eat meat, wine, and whatever delicacies one wishes until the fast begins. If eating in a group, say birkat ha-mazon together. The fast begins on Saturday at 8:00 pm.

Shabbat ends at 8:46 pm. One does not recite Havdallah, but say barukh ha-mavdil bein kodesh le-hol and change into non-leather shoes. We will recite borei me-orei ha-eish as part of Maariv.

Maariv services will begin at 9:15 pm at the Manhattan Country School (150 West 85th Street). Services include the reading of Eicha (Lamentations) and recitation of kinot. 

Prohibitions on Tisha b'Av are similar to prohibitions on Yom Kippur. In addition to fasting, we do not wash, anoint, wear leather shoes, or engage in sexual relations. We study only certain portions of Torah and Talmud. Tallit and tefillin are worn at mincha. It is customary not to greet others on Tisha b'Av. However, if greeted first, one should respond in a low tone so as not to embarrass the other.

The fast ends on Sunday at 8:36 pm. Recite havdalah—omitting the spices and fire—before eating. As Sunday is actual the 10th of Av, the restrictions of the Nine Days end immediately when the fast does. (Note: Those who are not fasting should recite havdalah on Saturday night at the conclusion of Shabbat, omitting only the introductory verses and the spices. Those who need to stop fasting mid-fast should recite havdalah before eating.)

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