During the period of the Nine days, Wednesday, July 22nd - Thursday, July 30th, in which we commemorate the destruction of both Temples (70 CE), we make much effort to focus on 3 pillars, every day during the nine days, that are the foundation of the world:

 Torah - to study extra Torah every day in addition to your normal study especially the laws of building and construction of the holy Temple to enhance and secure the ultimate redemption, CLICK HERE.

 Prayer - to recite additional Psalms every day, chapters 20, 22, 69 and 150 to your normal recitation of Psalms.

 Tzedakah - to increase the amount of charity you give from your daily charity every day.


On Wednesday evening, July 29th through Thursday, July 30th, the 9th of Av, is Tisha B'Av. The following is the schedule of services for the Fast of 9th of Av:

Wednesday, July 29th 
Mincha: 6:30 p.m.
Fast begins: 8:10 p.m.
Maariv followed by the reading of Eicha: 8:45 p.m.
Thursday, July 30th 
Morning Service, followed by the reading of the Kinot (do not bring tallis or tefillin): 7:30 a.m.
Online Screening: With My Whole Broken Heart - 5:30 pm
This poignant documentary features stories of valiant parents whose children's lives were claimed by terror, and their inspiring responses to their horrific experiences. The documentary also follows the lives of two of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald who emerged from the darkness and transformed the Jewish landscape.
The film is framed around the Rebbe's response to the 1956 terror attack in Kfar Chabad that claimed lives of 5 students, and features interviews with the parents of Daniel Pearl - Ruth and Judea Pearl; Sherri Mandel, mother of Kobi Mandell; Rabbi Nissan Mangel; and former Israeli chief rabbi, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau. It's a story of darkness to light, finding meaning in the hardship, believing in G‑d even though it seems impossible. 
Mincha/Maariv Service (bring tallis and tefillin): 7:00 p.m.
Fast ends 8:46 p.m. followed by Kiddush Levana. 
Tisha B'Av is significant because many tragic events happened to the Jewish people on this very date:
· G‑d decreed that all Jews remain in the desert for 40 years. In those 40 years,
15,000 Jews died each year on the 9th of Av (1312 BCE).
· The First and Second Temples were destroyed (70 CE).
· Jerusalem was destroyed and turned into a non-Jewish city by the Romans. (135 CE)
· Jews were forced to either be baptized or leave Spain. If they continued to secretly
practice their religion they were killed (1492). 
· World War I began. It uprooted large Jewish populations, it brought about the
Russian Revolution that systematically crushed Judaism, and it prepared the
conditions for the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust.


This sad day is commemorated with a 25-hour fast from sunset of the previous evening. Observing the laws of Tisha B'Av helps us return to G‑d so that we can transform this day into joy and happiness.

Throughout this fast day, we need to increase positive actions towards our fellow man, such as speaking in kind manners without harsh words, giving charity to those in need, and thinking positive about others, yourself and G‑d.

The following laws apply on this day:

Do not eat or drink/Do not wash/Do not wear shoes made of leather/Do not wear or buy new clothes/Do not have intimate relations between husband and wife/Do not study Torah, except for passages pertaining to Tisha B'Av.

With G‑d's help, Moshiach will arrive before Tisha B'av and you may disregard this.