Preparing for Tisha B'Av means contemplating themes of destruction and loss. At the same time, comfort and hope quickly follow as we begin reading the series of "seven haftarot of consolation," prophetic readings from the book of Isaiah, chanted from the Shabbat after Tisha B'Av until Rosh HaShanah.
Whether you're looking for the core Tisha B'Av texts or doing a deep dive into the themes of destruction, unity, and renewal, Sefaria offers the resources you need.
Eikhah and Kinnot
- Read the book of Eikhah, or Lamentations, with multiple translations and commentaries. Sefaria's newly redesigned resource panel makes it easy to find different translations, as well as other related texts and user-generated sheets.
- Read Kinnot, poems of mourning, which are available for study and prayer on Tisha B'Av.
Going Deeper: Comfort After the Destruction
- How do we remember, and what gives us hope? Israeli-born photographer, Zion Ozeri, combines powerful images with texts and questions to spark meaningful conversations. Check out Ideas for Tisha B'Av to get started.
- Beyond Baseless Hatred: This collection draws from multiple user interpretations of the Talmudic story of Kamtza and bar Kamtza, which is the classic tale of interpersonal relationships that prefigured the destruction of the Temple.
- Tisha B'Av is both the saddest day of the year, and one which pushes us to move forward with our lives. Navigate this special day with our Tisha B'Av 101 guide.