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Every fast day on the Jewish calendar has its set of selichot that are said. The one exception to this is Tisha B'Av. This seems counter-intuitive to me because Tisha B'Av is the day when we mourn the destruction of the first and second Temples, which were destroyed because of our sins. It seems like Tisha B'Av should have selichot even more so than other fast days. So why do we not say them?

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Very similar: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/9387 –  msh210 Jul 18 '13 at 15:23

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If s'lichos and tachanunim are the same thing, as I believe they are, this question is synonymous with "why don't we say tachanun on Tish'a B'Av?" The answer to that, linked here from here is

No “Tachanun” and no “Avinu Malkeinu,” both typically said on Fast Days, but not on Tisha B’Av, because, although it is the saddest day, and the most severe of the fast days, it contains within it the potential for tremendous joy. It is also called a “Moed,” a special time, as are the joyous holidays Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot. This can be, and historically indeed was, a “special time” of punishment but ultimately, it will be a “special time” of Redemption and Rebuilding and Restoration – for the destroyed City of Jerusalem and Holy Temple and the diminished People of Israel, whose spiritual center they’d comprised.

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My minyan said ta7anun n ovinu malkeinu. –  MoriDoweedhYaa3qob Jul 18 '13 at 15:07
@MoriDoweedhYa3gob That's atypical. Is that in the Rambam? –  Daniel Jul 18 '13 at 15:33
@daniel not saying ta7anun is shulchon oruch n ramo says also not salichoth. That's on them. They must prove that we should not say so. No where before that is it saying that tisha3 ba'ov is something special therefore we don't say this n that. –  MoriDoweedhYaa3qob Jul 18 '13 at 16:27
@MoriDoweedhYa3gob Does WAF's answer not address that question? –  Daniel Jul 18 '13 at 16:39
@Daniel no because that is not a sufficient answer to change a holocho. –  MoriDoweedhYaa3qob Jul 18 '13 at 17:33

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