Questions tagged [tisha-bav]

9th of Av; anniversary of the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem; a general day of mourning for historical Jewish tragedies.

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Why was God's injunction through Zechariah, on rejoicing, not followed?

With the return home from Babylon, the Temple rebuilt, and idolatry vanquished, God said, through the prophet Zechariah, that from now on the four fast days commemorating the destruction of the First ...
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Wearing a tie on Tisha B'Av

Is there an issue with wearing a tie on Tisha B'Av? Some Rabbonim who normally wear a tie throughout the week take it off for Tisha B'Av. For instance, see Rav Moshe Tuvia Lieff here without a tie ...
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Nakdimon Ben Gurion real name

The first Rash"i in Masechet Taanis (20a) says that Nakdimon Ben Gurion's real name was Boni. How did Rash"i know that, is there any earlier source for that?
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May one learn commentaries of permitted texts on Tisha B'av?

Regarding texts one is permitted to learn on Tisha B'av like Eicha and Iyov, is one allowed to learn the various meforshim as well or only the texts themselves?
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Why this common greeting: Tzom kal?

Tzom kal (easy fast) is a common greeting before the 9th of Av, but why? It runs counter to the adage, "No pain, no gain". The no pain adage seems similar to L'fum tzaara agra – according ...
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Rachel should have known about the Churban Hamikdash even if she was buried in the Mearas Hamachpeila

Rashi in Genesis 48:7 אקברה שם. וְלֹא הוֹלַכְתִּיהָ אֲפִלּוּ לְבֵית לֶחֶם לְהַכְנִיסָהּ לָאָרֶץ, וְיָדַעְתִּי שֶׁיֵּשׁ בְּלִבְּךָ עָלַי; אֲבָל דַּע לְךָ שֶׁעַל פִּי הַדִּבּוּר קְבַרְתִּיהָ שָׁם, ...
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Instances of Shevua Shechal Bo

Does the concept "Shevua Shechal Bo" come up within the context of halacha or hashkafa in any area other than the the week leading up to Tisha B'Av? It just seems like a unique measure for a ...
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Performing Chalitza during Tisha B'Av

Can one wear the leather Chalitza shoe during Tisha B'Av, despite the prohibition of wearing leather shoes? (You might think this applies as well to Yom Kippur, but it states in Beitza 36B that ...
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Vihi Noam at bedtime Shema on Tishah beAv

Mishneh Torah Tefilah uVirkat Kohanim 7:2 mentions verses of mercy being read before going to bed. Shevuot 15b relates that R' Yehoshua ben Levi used to say (at least the first half of) Psalm 91, and ...
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Tosfos Yom Tov's elegy

Tosafos Yom Tov is said to have authored elegy, kinnos, to be recited on Tisha B'Av to commemorate the massacres know as Tach V'Tat. Apparently it has not been included in the standard corpus of ...
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Why Shir HaMaalos on Erev Tisha B'Av?

The custom is some places seems to be to say Shir Hamaalos before bentching for the seuda mafsekes on Erev Tisha B'Av. Although we normally say Shir Hamaalos for bentching whenever we don't say ...
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Smoking versus snuffing tabac on Tisha Beav [duplicate]

In SA OC 554 the Caf Hachyim SK 3 rules that to smoke hookah is prohibited almost before Chats it, if not as a mean to treat constipation. But in SK 4 he allows to snuff tabac. My question is if to ...
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Mercy and Strict Judgment are both mercy

In Parsha In Pink on Parshas Va'eschanan, the author cites a Ramchal that gives a beautiful insight into the Passuk of Shema Yisrael (Devarim 6:4). שמע ישראל יהוה אלהינו יהוה אחד YKVK represents ...
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Why do bad things happen to us on Tisha b'Av in particular?

Can anyone point me to a religiously-based discussion of why so many bad things happened to us Jews on Tish'a b'Av in particular, far more than on any other day on the calendar? In some cases the &...
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Seudas Hamafsekes - Must one wash?

When I was a child, my parents always had bread, hard boiled egg and ashes, with water for the Seudas Hamafsekes. A friend of mine recently told me that there is no obligtion to wash for the Seudas ...
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Reciting the parshiyyot of the tefillin on Tish'ah BeAv

Some have the custom to read all four parshiyyot contained in the tefillin while wearing them. (See e.g. Mishnah Berurah 25:16.) It is forbidden to learn Torah on Tish'ah BeAv, but one may recite ...
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Can one study about the Beis Hamikdash on tisha bav?

I know that we cannot study any Torah which makes us happy on tisha bav- which is generally any Torah (source needed). Based on that, is it generally accepted among (ashkenazi) poskim that studying ...
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Why was the first Temple destroyed? [duplicate]

Why was the first Temple destroyed? The Talmud says it's because the people engaged in idolatry, adultery and murder. Yoma 9b But after the 55 disastrous years of King Menashe, during which he all ...
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Kaddish before Haftarah on Tish'ah beAv Morning

R. Akiva Eger (on Shulchan Aruch 559:3) cogently argues that one should never recite kaddish between maftir and haftarah, as such an interruption would mean that one does not fulfill the requirement ...
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Is it permissible to learn Hilchot Teshuva on Tisha Beav?

The Shulchan Aruch paskens (OC 554) that it is forbidden to learn most parts of Torah on Tisha Beav, except for a few small sections about aveilut. The question is: the Shulchan Aruch doesn't ...
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Is it against custom to celebrate a bar mitzvah on rosh hodesh Av?

Is there any rule or custom against celebrating a bar mitzvah on rosh hodesh Av, considering that the beginning of Av is considered a time of mourning?
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Source justifying no Tefillin: 9 Av

I was discussing the Ashkenazi minhagim and hanhagot of Tish'a beAv with a contact of mine, namely the universal Ashkenazi practice to refrain from tallit and tefillin until after chatzot. He told me ...
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Kinnah about mazalos out of order

One of the Kinnos that is said the night of Tisha B'Av discusses the different mazalos/constellations. In the Artscroll version it's listed as Kinnah #5. Artscroll has a nice chart at the bottom ...
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"Guidelines" on whether a person who davens b'yechidus has to read eichah on Tisha B'av

Can anyone who has access to the sefer "Guidelines" on the Three Weeks and Tisha b'Av by Rabbis Jaeger and Barclay tell me what if anything they say about a person who davens without a minyan reciting ...
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Heter to Work on 9 b’Av But No Bracha

Shulchan Aruch 554:23 says one is permitted to work even before chazot if he will lose money. 554:24 says he will not see a siman bracha from that work. Why would the mechaber go out of his way to ...
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Extending Shabbos that precedes Tisha B'av

Is it permitted to purposely extend Shabbos to Sunday night when Tisha B'av is observed on that Sunday? We see that regarding Jews traveling near the international dateline, there are Poskim who said ...
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Which Kinnos to focus on? [closed]

In the past, I have found often that I can't go through all of the Kinnos during the service without rushing or skipping them. Are there any particularly important or interesting Kinnos that I could ...
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Shabbat 9 Av: Marital relations vs Torah study

Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De'ah 400:2 rules that a mourner observes the private mourning practices of shiv'ah on shabbat. This includes not engaging in marital relations, not washing in warm water and not ...
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May one do the Mitzvah of Nichum Aveilim/Consoling Mourners on Tish'a B'av?

Based on On Tish'a B'Av,can someone say the typical "Mourner's statement" to any/everyone else?, may one perform the mitzvah of Nichum Aveilim for one who is sitting shiv'a on ...
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Levi tribe and the spies story investigation

I gathered a couple of questions together because they might be linked but I'm OK with splitting them: Why didn't Levi send a spy? I know, I know they didn't have Nahalah in Israel. So what? The ...
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Purim in Adar and not Av?

We all presume that Haman was well literate and familiar with our Tanachic sources. It is widely known that since the sin of the Spies (Meraglim) 9th of Av was chosen for all kinds of misfortunes for ...
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Tisha Ba'av that fell out on Shabbos

If Tisha Ba'av fell out on Shabbos, and therefore it was pushed off to Sunday. Is a Bar Mitzvah Boy obligated to fast if he turned 13 on Shabbos? In other words: Does the fact that Tisha Ba'av fell ...
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Why remove tallis before maariv on motzei Tisha B'av?

There is a widespread practice not to wear tallis and tefillin for the morning prayer on Tisha B'Av, instead putting them on for the afternoon prayer. There is also a prohibition against wearing ...
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Oteir Yisrael on Tisha B'Av

According to page 48 of the Kinot by Rabbi Abraham Rosenfeld, one does not say the bracha of "Oteir Yisrae'sl B'Tifarah" in shacharit of Tisha B'av. Instead, one says it at the beginning of mincha (on ...
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Studying the Tochacha in Tish'a B'Av

Would one be permitted to study the Tochacha on Tish'a B'Av? It's not about the fast and is not mentioned in the list of things one may learn on Tish'a B'Av as it doesn't pertain to the destruction ...
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Tehillim 79 (1): G-d pours out his anger on wood and stone. Is this consolation in view of 79 (2 & 3)?

In Tehillim 79 (1) we read how HKB”H sent his anger on wood and stone (and by implication less on the people of Israel): A song of Asaph. O God! Nations have come into Your heritage, they have ...
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Reading Eicha without understanding, Vs. reading Megilas Esther without understanding it

See THIS ARTICLE Rav Moshe Shternbuch: Do Women Need To Hear Eicha? Reading Eicha is a major part of the aveilus of Tisha B'Av. Rav Moshe Shternbuch says (2:250) that since women are Chayav ...
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Didn't Rivkah also cry when the Jews were exiled?

In the kinos of Tishah B'Av it is clearly stated that Three out of four of the Imahos [matriarchs], (and also the Avos, forefathers, and Bilhah and Zilpah too) cried to Hashem on behalf of the Jews ...
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Source that the customs in regards to the night after Tisha B'av apply on a year when the fast is pushed off

There is a custom to keep the restrictions of the "nine days" throughout the night after the ninth of Av (until midday on the tenth). When Tisha B'av falls out on Shabbat, which causes the fast to be ...
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Tefillin at chatzos on Tisha BAv

The general practice is to not wear tefillin in the morning on Tisha BAv (OC 555:1). However, after chatzos many of the mourning practices which are only customs are lifted. As such, people wear ...
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Praying with a bad breath on Tisha Bav?

I’m pretty sure that on a non fast day, one must wash their mouth before praying, to avoid saying the name of Hashem with a bad breath. So if your not allowed to brush your teeth on a fast day (I ...
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After the Tisha Bav fast tonight is over is one allowed to bathe because it is really the 11th of av? [duplicate]

After the fast tonight, is one allowed to bathe, eat meat, launder clothes,etc? Because today is really the 10th of av so if I’m correct after midday today, the the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash ...
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Bathing children on Tisha Bav nidche

Bathing is normally forbidden on Tisha Bav. May one bathe children on Tisha Bav that is a nidche after chatzos?
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Tisha b Av calendar confusion

I don’t understand the calendar this holiday: iOS says today is 10 Av hebcal.com says 10 Av as well but: google says Tisha b Av is today chabad.org says Tisha b Av is today (https://www.chabad.org/...
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Torah Shabbos Tisha b'Av After Chatzos

There seem to be widespread reports of an Ashkenazi custom to refrain from studying (joyful) Torah specifically after chatzos (midday) on Shabbos that falls out on the 9th of Av (see e.g. here and ...
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Why don’t we skip pesukim of comfort in Eichah?

The Shulchan Aruch rules (OC 554:1) that one may learn the sad parts of Yirmiya, provided that he skip the comforting parts. Yet, there are several pesukim in Eichah that discuss comfort (ex. 4:22 - ...
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Why is Tishah B’Av considered a holiday?

Tishah B’Av is called a “Moed” (Eichah 1:15). For this reason, we don’t say Tachanun at Mincha of Erev Tishah B’Av (OC 552:12) or Tishah B’Av itself (OC 559:4), nor Tzidkasecha on Shabbos Erev Tishah ...
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What halachos are different on the day of Tisha B'Av in a year where the fast is pushed to Sunday?

For example, can one learn Torah on the fast, since it's really 10 Av? Are any of the usual ways of mourning omitted? Are we more lenient in general in this year's case?
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Is Shaving allowed in honor of Shabbat this Tisha B'Av

This year Tisha B'Av falls on Shabbat. Is shaving allowed in honor of Shabbat?
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Source that Tisha B'av is the day of mourning for all tragedies, even if they did not fall out then?

I have heard (in the context of when Jews should mourn for those lost in the Holocaust), that Tish'a B'av is the day on which we mourn all tragedies, even those that did not occur on that day. What ...