From Aish.com:

Other prohibitions include...Learning Torah, since this is a joyful activity. It is permitted to learn texts relevant to Tisha B'Av and mourning -- e.g. the Book of Lamentations, Book of Job, parts of Tractate Moed Katan, Gittin 56-58, Sanhedrin 104, Yerushalmi end of Ta'anis, and the Laws of Mourning. In-depth study should be avoided. (MB 554:4)

Is the material that we are permitted to learn on Tisha B'av available online?

Ideally, I'd like to have some sort of document that includes the different sources that I can save to my computer, for offline reference. I understand it's not realistic to expect a pdf of the complete books of Iyov and Eicha, but all the different Talmudic sources in one pdf would be useful.

If that's not available, it would be nice to know where the material is availabe online.

Also, which parts of Moed Katan specifically?

  • A single document would be impossible. Just eicha and Iyov is more than a single document. Can you be more specific?
    – avi
    Aug 8, 2011 at 10:47
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    Not a traditional answer, but from personal experience I guarantee you won't feel happy after reading these judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/18383/…
    – Double AA
    Nov 9, 2012 at 4:32

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Let's put together a list here.

Sections dealing with consolation, or punishment of the other nations, should be skipped.

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    Only starting with ch. 39 of Jeremiah? I was under the impression that all of it is fine, except for the parts (like chs. 30-31) that have prophecies of comfort and restoration.
    – Alex
    Aug 8, 2011 at 15:03
  • @Alex you could be right; I just recall hearing about the debate whether you can read straight through starting at 39.
    – Shalom
    Aug 8, 2011 at 15:18
  • What about that which is not strictly Halachic, namely Chasidus and Musar?
    – yoel
    Aug 8, 2011 at 17:45
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    @yoel: Nitei Gavriel says that Chasidus (on the topics listed here) is fine; as an example, he cites a directive from the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt"l to study the Tzemach Tzedek's Reshimos on Eicha. On the next page Nitei Gavriel also says that Musar (apparently of any kind) is also okay, "because it breaks a person's heart."
    – Alex
    Aug 8, 2011 at 21:26
  • @Shalom: The Mishna Berurah 544:2 S"K 2 says that we are not allowed to bad parts that will happen to the other nations. hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14166&st=&pgnum=61 . Do you know who says we are allowed to?
    – Menachem
    Aug 9, 2011 at 20:10

In previous years I received and email from artscroll, a pdf with the pages mentioned of gitin.

It can be found here.

  • @avi: For some reason, those pdfs do not continue all the way through the relevant Gemara. It is just 55B and 56A. Still useful, though.
    – Menachem
    Aug 8, 2011 at 20:31

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