Monday, August 4, 2008

Tisha b'Av - Seating


On the night of Tisha b'Av, as well as Tisha b'Av morning, we do not sit on regular chairs; we sit, as mourners, on low stools or on the floor.

This practice continues until midday on the day of Tisha b'Av, at which point the mourning lessens; this is the time when the Temple itself began to burn and be destroyed, showing that Gd had chosen to spare the lives of many thousands of Jews.

Midday will be 1:07 PM in Allentown, this year.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 559:3; Mishneh Berurah 559:11)

Be well,

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