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Vol. LXV No. 31                               5774



New York City
August 1, 2014 – 5 Av 5774
7:51 p.m. NYC E.D.T.


Sabbath Ends: 8:56 p.m. NYC E.D.T.
Sabbath Ends: Rabbenu Tam 9:22 p.m. NYC E.D.T.
Weekly Reading: Devarim
Weekly Haftara: Chazon Yeshayahu (Isaiah 1:1-27)
Daf Yomi: Megilah 21
Mishna Yomit: Arachin 8:4-5
Halacha Yomit: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 433:7-9
Rambam Yomi: Hilchos Parah Adumah chap. 5-7
Earliest time for Tallis and Tefillin: 4:54 a.m. NYC E.D.T.
Sunrise: 5:53 a.m. NYC E.D.T.
Latest Kerias Shema: 9:27 a.m. NYC E.D.T.
Sunset: 8:11 p.m. NYC E.D.T.
Pirkei Avos: 3

Fast of Tisha B’Av – The fast begins Monday evening 8:07 p.m. and concludes [Rabbi Moshe Feinstein] Tuesday evening (August 9) at 8:52 p.m. NYC E.D.T. Earlier zman [Rabbi Tukaccinsky] is 8:40 p.m. NYC E.D.T.

This Shabbos is Shabbos Chazon. Some have a custom to sing Lecha Dodi at the Friday evening Kabbalas Shabbos service to the melody of Eli Tziyyon (one of the concluding kinos of Tisha B’Av).

   Shabbos morning the Haftara, Chazon Yeshayahu (Isaiah 1:1-27), is read to the melody of Eichah (until Ve’shaveha).

Following Mincha, which is the usual Shabbos Tefilla except for Tzidkas’cha, we eat the Seuda Shelishis, some eat meat and wine at this meal [which is permitted].

We conclude with Maariv. We then recite Havdala (over wine – the one reciting may drink – See Mishna Berura, Orach Chayyim 556, Hilchos Tisha B’Av- others make havdala on beer or another beverage and eliminate any problems associated with drinking wine during the nine days). However, we continue to abstain from meat and [other] wine until Wednesday at noon.

Tisha B’Av, Monday evening: We remove our shoes and don sneakers or other non-leather footwear. We also remove the Paroches, the curtain of Aron Hakodesh.

Maariv: We sit on low chairs and recite the usual Tefilla, followed by Kaddish Tiskabbel. We then read Eichah, plus several selected Kinos, Ve’Ata Kadosh, Kaddish Shalem without Tiskabbel, Aleinu and Mourner’s Kaddish.

Tuesday morning, Tisha B’Av day, we do not put on Tallis or Tefillin when we daven Shacharis. However, we do put on the tallis katan without a beracha. Others say that we do make a beracha (see Mishna Berura, Orach Chayyim 555:1). In the Korbanos section we omit Pitum Haketores. In Shacharis only the ba’al tefilla says Anenu in his repetition between Refa’einu and Go’el Yisrael, but he does not say Birkas Kohanim. We do not say Tachanun or Avinu Malkenu. We take out a Torah scroll and read in Parashas Va’es’chanan (Devarim 4:25-40), Ki Solid Banim, and say half Kaddish. We read the Haftara, Asof Asifeim (Jeremiah 8:13-9:23) to the melody of Eichah. We then begin saying the Kinos (a collection of Lamentations). We say Ashrei, no Lamenatze’ach. We say U’va Letziyyon (but we omit Ve’ani Zos Brisi) then Kaddish Shalem without Tiskabbel, and Aleinu. We do not say the Shir Shel Yom at Shacharis. We remain seated on the ground until Chatzos Hayom (midday – after noon 1:01 NYC E.D.T. – we take into account Daylight Savings Time). From chatzos hayom we are only permitted to study matters relating to Tisha B’Av: Eichah and its Midrashim and Perek Hanizakin in Tractate Gittin.

At Mincha we don our Tallis and Tefillin with the appropriate blessings. We then say Shir Shel Yom (others say Kerias Shema as well), followed by Mourner’s Kaddish. We say Ashrei followed by half Kaddish, we take out the Torah scroll from the Ark and read Vayechal (Shemos 32:11-14, 34:1-10); no half Kaddish. We read the Haftara, Dirshu Hashem (Isaiah 55:6-56:80), we return the Torah scroll to the Ark and say half Kaddish. We recite the Shemoneh Esreh, adding Nachem in Boneh Yerushalayim and Anenu in Shome’a Tefilla. The chazzan in his repetition, however, places Anenu between Go’el and Refa’einu. We do not say Avinu Malkenu or Tachanun. The chazzan says Kaddish Tiskabbel, Aleinu followed by Mourner’s Kaddish.


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