Tisha B'Av - Saturday/Sunday

Tisha B'Av: August 10-11

What is Tisha B'av?

The saddest day on the Jewish calendar is the Ninth of Av, "Tisha b'Av," the date on which both our Holy Temples were destroyed, and exile, persecution and spiritual darkness began.

Tisha b'Av starts at sundown of the eighth of Av and lasts till the following nightfall (although this year, the 9th of Av falls on a Shabbat, it is pushed off, and starts Saturday night). During this time-period we fast, eschew pleasurable activities and amenities, and lament the destruction of the Holy Temple and our nation’s exile.

It is a tradition, however, that Tisha b'Av is also the birthday of our Redeemer. This symbolizes the idea that from the ashes of the destroyed temple will rise an incomparably magnificent edifice; exile will give birth to redemption. Thus Tisha b’Av is also a day of anticipation and hope, for "One who mourns Jerusalem will merit seeing her happiness."


Shabbat and Tisha B'Av Schedule:

Friday night: Mincha/Ma'ariv: 8:00 pm

Shabbat morning: Regular start time: 9:30 am
Mincha after Kiddush at 2:15 pm
Then we go home and eat until 8:10 pm — the fast starts at 8:10 pm
Still at home, Shabbat ends at 8:53 pm
Then say Baruch Hamavdil Bein Kodesh L'chol; take off your leather shoes right after Shabbos and put on your leather-less shoes.

Shabbat (Saturday) evening, August 10, Tisha B'Av eve
Maariv & Eicha: 9:15 pm
Special Program (the Virtual Reality Tour! — see below) to follow


Sunday, July 22, Tisha B'Av

Shachrit (No Tallit and Tefillin): 8:20 am
Mincha (with Tallit and Tefillin): 7:20 pm
Maariv, Havdalah, Break-Fast: 8:38 pm

Halachic Times
Fast Begins: 8:30 pm Saturday
Chatzos: 1:13 pm Sunday
Fast Ends: 8:38 pm Sunday

May we merit to celebrate Tisha B'Av this year together with Moshiach and the rebuilding of our third Holy Temple, AMEN!

Basic Laws of Tisha B'av

Besides fasting, we abstain from additional pleasures: washing, applying lotions or creams, wearing leather footwear, and marital relations. Until midday, we sit on the floor or on low stools. We also abstain from studying Torah—besides those parts that discuss the destruction of the Temple.

On the eve of Tisha b’Av, we gather in the synagogue to read Eicha, the Book of Lamentations. Tallit and tefillin are not worn during the morning prayers. After the morning prayers we recite Kinot (elegies). We don the tallit and tefillin for the afternoon prayers.

When Tisha B'Av actually falls on shabbos, as it does this year, the fast is pushed off until Sunday, but some restrictions apply on shabbos, too (e.g., we restrict our learning after mid-day).  See here for a general overview, and here for a detailed halachic guide.

For more about Tisha B'av, click here.

What happened on the Ninth of Av?
A Historical Overview

The 9th of Av, Tisha b'Av, commemorates a list of catastrophes so severe it's clearly a day specially cursed by G‑d. Another confirmation of our deeply held conviction that history isn't haphazard.

Tisha B'Av That Falls on Shabbat or Sunday

On Shabbat, all public displays of mourning are strictly prohibited. This causes changes in many of the Tisha B'Av laws and customs.

The Laws of Mourning

As part of our mourning for the destruction of the Temple and the exile of Israel, we abstain from many pleasurable activities on the night and day of Av 9, first and foremost: eating and drinking.

Order of the Day
A Step-By-Step Guide to Tisha b'Av Observance

The Separation Meal, the Book of Lamentations, elegies, prayers, Torah Readings, the break-fast, and more.

Message from the Rabbi

This Shabbat was supposed to be a fast day—a day of mourning for the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. But instead of fasting, because it is Shabbat we go on with our regular Shabbat activities, and then—once Shabbat is over—the fast, Tisha B’av, begins.

Halacha states that a person in mourning for a family member may not publicly exhibit any signs of mourning on Shabbat. Privately, he or she may, but in public he or she must celebrate Shabbat like anyone else. Similarly, one may not express any sadness on the Shabbat that was supposed to be Tisha B’av.

To be sure that we do not accidentally exhibit any signs of mourning this Shabbat, we are encouraged to be overly joyous—more than on a typical Shabbat—lest someone accidentally think that we are mourning.

May the joy of this Shabbat lead to the transformation of Tisha B’av into a perpetual day of celebration, with the coming of Moshiach!

Shabbat shalom.

Sushi Night! Fundraiser for the Newest Chabad in Va! — Wednesday, August 7th  

Congratulations to the newest Chabad in the state of Virginia: Chabad of Winchester!

Join us in giving them a hearty welcome, and some much needed support, with a Sushi Night Fundraiser for the Center!

This coming Wednesday, August 7



National Jewish Retreat in Washington, D.C.-- August 13-18  

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We are planning to take along a group from Northern Virginia. We're certain you will have the time of your life if you join us, one that will remain with you for a long time. There is also a special incentive for people who register from Northern Virginia. If you register by August, please use the discount code CHABADNOVA to receive $100/adult off your registration of a full day or more

Thursday Night Torah Discussion  

Thursday Nights - 8:00 pm

An inspirational weekly discussion on the Torah portion including both captivating insights into the parsha, and practical advice, led by Rabbi Deitsch

Upcoming Services  

Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Aug. 9
7:53 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Aug. 10
8:53 pm
Torah Portion: Devarim

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What's Happening?
Upcoming Events
Sushi Fundraiser
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sushi Night fundraiser for the newest Chabad in Virginia: the Chabad Jewish Center of Winchester
More Info »
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives— led by Rabbi Deitsch
Kiddush Sponsor: Mervis
Shabbat, Aug. 10, 2019
Sandee & Jay's 40th Wedding Anniversary & Yartzeits for both Sandee and Jay's fathers
Tisha B'Av Program
Shabbat, Aug. 10, 2019 - 9:00 pm
Tisha B'Av services, as well as a special program: experience the Beis HaMikdsash via Virtrual Reality. Reserve a time slot in advance.
More Info »
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives— led by Rabbi Deitsch
Camp Shabbat Dinner
Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Join your child's counselors and the rest of the Camp Gan Izzy Staff for a delicious Shabbos dinner — an evening of spirit, stories, and Shabbos Delicacies — with food from around the world.

Meet your child's counselors and see for yourself why your campers love camp.
Kiddush Sponsor: Howell
Shabbat, Aug. 17, 2019
Bar Mitzvah
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives— led by Rabbi Deitsch
Weekly Parsha Discussion
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives— led by Rabbi Deitsch
Daily Thought
Urgent Yearning

At the base of our Torah and our Jewish psyche lies an incessant urgency. Not just a sense that things are not the way they should be, but a relentless striving to heal it all this very moment.

Relentless, because it refuses to decay with time or to fade with disappointment. In the morning, we make our plea as though unable to tolerate another moment. And as evening comes, we demand again as though morning never passed.

We live on the edge of eternity. May we arrive now.

Daily Quote
I will bring you out from under the hardship of Egypt, and I will save you from their bondage; I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you to Myself as a nation, and I will be to you a G‑d . . .
— The “Four Expressions of Redemption,” Exodus 6:6–7
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The Jewish Calendar
  Sunday Av 3 | August 4
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of R. Shimshon of Ostropolle (1648)
Laws and Customs"Nine Days'
  Monday Av 4 | August 5
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of R. Menachem Azariah of Fano (1620)
Laws and Customs"Nine Days'
  Tuesday Av 5 | August 6
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of "Ari" (1572)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of R. Chaim Ozer Grodzinski (1940)
Laws and Customs"Nine Days'
  Wednesday Av 6 | August 7
Today in Jewish HistoryFirst Human on the Moon (1969)
Laws and Customs"Nine Days'
  Thursday Av 7 | August 8
Today in Jewish HistoryFirst Temple Invaded (423 BCE)
Laws and Customs"Nine Days'
  Friday Av 8 | August 9
Today in Jewish HistorySpies Return (1312 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryCivil War in Jerusalem (67 CE)
Laws and Customs"Nine Days'
  Shabbat Av 9 | August 10
Today in Jewish HistoryExodus Generation Condemned to Die in Desert (1312 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryHoly Temples Destroyed (423 BCE and 69 CE)
Today in Jewish HistoryFall of Betar (133 CE)
Today in Jewish HistoryExpulsion From England (1290)
Today in Jewish HistorySpanish Expulsion (1492)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of R. Yaakov Yitzchak Horowitz, the "Seer" of Lublin (1815)
Laws and CustomsOmit Tzidkatecha Tzedek in Afternoon Prayers
Laws and CustomsShabbat of Vision
Laws and CustomsFast Begins this Evening
  Sunday Av 10 | August 11
Fast Day
Today in Jewish HistoryHoly Temple Burns (69)
Today in Jewish HistoryAMIA Bombing (1994)
Today in Jewish HistoryExpulsion from Gaza (2005)
Today in Jewish HistoryBirth of Isaachar (1565/1564 BCE)
Laws and CustomsThe Fast of Tishah B'Av
Laws and CustomsOmit Tachnun
Laws and CustomsSanctification of the Moon
  Monday Av 11 | August 12
Today in Jewish HistorySalvation of Baghdad Jewry (1733)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of R. Hillel of Paritch (1864)
  Tuesday Av 12 | August 13
Today in Jewish HistoryNachmanides' Disputation (1263)
Today in Jewish History770 Acquired (1940)
The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Devarim

On the first of Shevat (thirty-seven days before his passing), Moses begins his repetition of the Torah to the assembled children of Israel, reviewing the events that occurred and the laws that were given in the course of their forty-year journey from Egypt to Sinai to the Promised Land, rebuking the people for their failings and iniquities, and enjoining them to keep the Torah and observe its commandments in the land that G‑d is giving them as an eternal heritage, into which they shall cross after his death.

Moses recalls his appointment of judges and magistrates to ease his burden of meting out justice to the people and teaching them the word of G‑d; the journey from Sinai through the great and fearsome desert; the sending of the spies and the people’s subsequent spurning of the Promised Land, so that G‑d decreed that the entire generation of the Exodus would die out in the desert. “Also against me,” says Moses, “was G‑d angry for your sake, saying: You, too, shall not go in there.”

Moses also recounts some more recent events: the refusal of the nations of Moab and Ammon to allow the Israelites to pass through their countries; the wars against the Emorite kings Sichon and Og, and the settlement of their lands by the tribes of Reuben and Gad and part of the tribe of Manasseh; and Moses’ message to his successor, Joshua, who will take the people into the Land and lead them in the battles for its conquest: “ Fear them not, for the L‑rd your G‑d, He shall fight for you.”