Home Subscribe Services Support Us
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 124:1
Laws Of Tish'ah B'av

1. On the evening [of Tish'ah B'av], we enter the synagogue and remove our shoes (as was mentioned in the previous chapter) (1). It is customary to remove the curtain hanging in front of the Ark (where the Torah scrolls are kept), as [alluded to by one of the interpretations of Lamentations 2:17 as:] "He rent His regal garment" (2). Only one candle (or light) should be lit in front of the one who leads the prayer service.

The evening service should be recited slowly, in a tearful tone, like a person in mourning. The prayer "Nachem" is not added [to the Shemoneh Esreh] until the afternoon service on the following day.

After the Shemoneh Esreh [is completed], the full Kaddish including the passage beginning with the word "Tiskabel" is recited. We then sit on the ground, and light only enough candles (or lights) to be able to read the "Book of Lamentations" ("Eichah") and the dirges ("Kinos").

"Eichah" and the "Kinos" should also be read slowly, in a tearful tone, pausing slightly between each verse, and slightly longer between each chapter. At the beginning of each chapter of "Eicha", [the reader] should raise his voice slightly (3), and he should recite the concluding verse of each chapter in a loud voice. When he reaches [the second to the last verse, beginning with the word] "Hashiveinu", the congregation should recite it aloud. [The reader] should then conclude the reading, and the congregation again recites "Hashiveinu" aloud, followed by the reader. Afterwards, the passage "Attah Kadosh" is recited, and then the full Kaddish, this time without the passage "Tiskabel," because [it is a request that G-d accept our prayers, and] "Eichah" [3:8] states: "He shuts out my prayer." Similarly, this passage is not recited in the Kaddish at the conclusion of the morning service.

A person who is praying alone, because he doesn't have a minyan, should also recite "Eichah" and the "Kinos."


(1) According to the Maharil, one's shoes should be removed before leaving the house to go to the synagogue (Mishna Berura 553:5).

(2) The verse says "bitzah imrasoh" which literally means: "He carried out His word"; however, the Aramaic translation adopts the other meaning of "bitzah," which means "split" or "cut."

(3) So that each chapter is read in a louder voice than the previous one.

Table of Contents  Paragraph 2 Next 

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright (c) 2002 Project Genesis, Inc.



View Complete List

The Oldest Lesson in History
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

Starting Over
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

Human Separation and Value
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5762

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Origin of Life
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

A Tree Grew in Manhattan
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

Reflections, Dissections and Connections
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

> Getting to Know the Yetzer Hara
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

Either You're With Us, Or...
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5762

And What a Beginning it Was!
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Adam Regrets His Gift to Dovid
- 5768

The Illusion of Nothingness
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

An Enlightening Insight Into The Meaning of Gadol and Katan
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765


What Ends Must Have Begun!
Shlomo Katz - 5773

From Dust To G-dliness
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5764

All Beginnings Are Hard
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

To Rule is Divine
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5775

Project Genesis Home

Torah Portion

Jewish Law



Learn the Basics




Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base


About Us

Contact Us

Free Book on Geulah! Home Copyright Information