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Tisha B'Av Observance Starts Saturday Evening

Tisha B'Av: August 6-7

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: 8:10 pm

Shabbat morning: Regular start time: 9:30 am
Mincha after Kiddush at 2:15 pm
Then we go home and eat until 8:15 pm — the fast starts at 8:15 pm
Still at home, Shabbat ends at 8:58 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, Aug 6, Tisha B'Av eve
Maariv & Eicha: 9:15 pm

Special Program: 10:15 pm


Sunday, August 7, Tisha B'Av observed

Shachrit (No Tallit and Tefillin): 8:30 am
Mincha (with Tallit and Tefillin): 7:30 pm
Maariv, Havdalah, Break-Fast: 8:43 pm

Halachic Times
Fast Begins: 8:15 pm Saturday
Chatzos (mid-day): 1:14 pm Sunday
Fast Ends: 8:43 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

Tisha B’av is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, when we mourn the destruction of both Holy Temples, in 423 BCE and 69 CE.

Their destruction represents the greatest tragedy in Jewish history, for it marks our descent into the state of physical exile and spiritual displacement in which we still find ourselves today. Thus the destruction is mourned as a tragedy that affects our lives today, 2,000 years later, no less than the generations that experienced it firsthand.

At the same time, Tisha B’av has the potential to become the most joyous day, as it is the birthday of Moshiach, the future redeemer of the Jewish people. We hope and pray every day for Moshiach to come and transform the sadness into happiness, and Tisha B’av will be the greatest Jewish holiday.

This year, we have a small taste of that. Because the 9th of Av is on Shabbat this year, the fast is postponed until Sunday. As such, not only do we not mourn on Shabbat, but we celebrate and observe Shabbat just as we would any other week, and perhaps even more, since we need to make a point of avoiding any semblance of mourning.

With a taste of what Tisha B’av will be like in the era of redemption, we pray that it becomes permanent already this year, and we celebrate the day with Moshiach himself!

Shabbat shalom,

Jewish Arlington: 1900-1940 - Thursday evening, Aug 11  

Thursday, August 11 - in person or via Zoom

Little has been written about the Jewish community in Arlington, especially before World War II. Historian Jessica Kaplan shares her research about Jewish merchants, families, and community builders in the county from 1900-1940. Like other immigrant groups, Jews faced special difficulties assimilating to American society due to language and cultural differences. As Jews, they also had to contend with the age old prejudice of anti-Semitism. Ms. Kaplan explores how Arlington’s Jewish residents adapted to these challenges and built a thriving community.

Date: August 11, 2012
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Marymount Univ. or via Zoom

More info and registration

Job Opening at Federation: Manager, NoVa Community Outreach and Engagement  

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is looking for a manager to run their Northern Virginia Community Outreach and Engagement project. This job is to inspire, shape, and energetically and strategically connect Jews with one another and with JFGW, enhancing Federation’s presence and to impact in Northern Virginia through partnership with community members, local and national agencies, donors, congregational Rabbi’s and key communal leadership.

Please see for more information

Daily Services at Chabad of NoVa  

Daily shacharis services are running seven days per week.  Our current schedule is: 

  • Sunday 8:30 am
  • Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am
  • Friday evenings, 10 minutes after candle lighting
  • Shabbat 9:30 am, Mincha/Ma'ariv approx 10 minutes before candle lighting time (of the evening before)

On special days, and on federal holidays, our schedule might be different.  Check with the shul.

On Yamim Tovim, we generally follow the Shabbat schedule, above

Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Aug. 5
7:58 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Aug. 6
8:58 pm
Torah Portion: Devarim

We will have a full kiddush this week.

The Cohen family in honor of Lee's Birthday

also sponsored by

Melinda Rozenman in honor of the baby naming of hew newest granddaugher, daughter of Aviva and Jason Crystal

For the following week (August 13)

we will have a special farewell kiddush marking the transition of Raizel and Rabbi Mendel Deitsch as they move to Atlanta. We are looking for sponsors for this special event

Please contact the shul to help sponsor, or mark your special occasion

Daily Thought

If you were there
and the forces of destruction
were about to destroy Jerusalem
and you had the power to do something about it,
would you sit and mourn and cry?

Or would you turn the world on its head to change history?

So what is stopping you?
Turn over the whole world now!

Daily Quote
Wealth and poverty is a wheel that turns round and round in the world
— Talmud, Shabbat 151a
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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.

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