Tisha B’Av in Six Minutes

This month I’m super busy with academic finals and am studying day and night for tests, so I’ll make it very short this time:

How is this Tisha B’Av Different?

Tisha B'Av in Six MinutesTonight and tomorrow, Friday and Shabbat is Tisha B’Av (9th Av) and in principle we should be eating the Seuda Mafseket (the meal before the fast) right now and start fasting on Shabbat. Since this fast is only a Rabbinical Decree (unlike Yom Kippur), the fast is delayed until Saturday night (10th Av).

This means there are a few differences on how we prepare for the fast.

  • The fast is postponed until Sunday.
  • Bathing is permitted on Rosh Chodesh.
  • Marital relations are forbidden on Friday night.
  • Washing any part of the body with hot water is forbidden on Shabbat.
  • There is no special Seuda Hamafseket before the fast.
  • Some of the laws of Tisha B’Av begin only at nightfall on Saturday night, instead of at sunset.
  • Havdalah is postponed until Sunday night.

See here for a detailed Q & A  about: When Tisha B’Av falls on Shabbat or Sunday.

Air Travel & The Nine Days

As this blog is primarily about Jewish Traveling, here’s a short article about Air Travel & The Nine Days.

Tisha B’Av in Six Minutes

And here is an excellent video summary of Tisha B’Av in Six Minutes:

Have an Easy Fast

There are those who don’t like to use the term “Have an easy fast”, as if it takes away from the required effect. I don’t agree. We are doing a twenty-five hour fast in the hottest time of the year. Even if it was relatively “easy” it’s still very very hard…

So have a productive AND an easy fast.

Shabbat Shalom and next year in a rebuilt Jerusalem !

David