The Mishnah (Taanis 26) teaches us: “Mi’she’nichnas Av m’maatim b’simchah,” at the beginning of Av we should moderate our joy. Numerous disasters affected the Jewish people on Tish’ah B’Av, such as the destruction of the First and Second Temple in Jerusalem. Our practices of mourning are increased as we enter the month of Av and become even more intensified in the week of Tish’ah B’Av.

There are several halachos that govern our daily lives as we enter this state of public mourning for the destruction of the Batei Mikdash. Although there is a prohibition to learn most Torah material on Tish’ah B’Av, since Torah learning inherently brings one to simchah, and this would be a distraction from mourning the loss of the Beis HaMikdash, one may always say T’hilim for a sick person. For general recitation of T’hilim, there are several opinions. Some poskim discourage the recital of a lot of T’hilim on Tish’ah B’Av, others are more lenient after chatzos ha’yom, and others are more lenient for women.

The Kaf HaChayim (551:1) brings down that anyone who meticulously observes the halachos of the first ten days of Av, thereby demonstrating his personal mourning over the churban of Yerushalayim, will merit to witness miracles in the times of Mashiach. May we all merit to see these miracles speedily and in our days.


List of People Who Need a r’fuah sh’leimah (a complete recovery)

 Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.

Yonasan ben Sigalit

David ben Sarah

Yaakov ben Simchah

Eliyahu ben Margalit

Yitzchak ben Mazal

Yitzchak Chaim ben Sarah

Yosef ben Nosrat

Moshe ben Mazal

Mordechai ben Chanah

Shlomo ben Miriam

Yosef ben Renee

Nesanel ben Miriam

Ariel ben Sarah

Chaim Yonah ben Ilana

Ovadiah ben Avraham

Tinok ben Yocheved

Michael Chayim ben Ilanit

Chai Yitzchak ben Esther Rivkah

Shalom ben Tofucha Malkah

Yisrael ben Raizel Shoshana Miriam

Rafael ben Sveta


Fredel bas Hendil

Rachel Leah bas Esther

Adele bas Sarah

Ava bas Ilana Esther

Sonia bas Rachel

Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchama Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadasah bas Devorah

Ora bas Naomi

Miriam bas Rivkah

Elka Rachel bas Sarah Malkah

Lielle Devorah bas Esther

Blume bas Esthel Rivkah

Tziporah bas Fruma

Miryam bas Sarah

Shalvah bas Sarah

Ahavah Chayah bas Neda

Rachel bas Batya

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