Tisha B’Av and Havdalah

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From the Ezras Torah calendar:


The Chazzan says: “Baruch Hamavdil Bein Lechol” without mentioning the Divine Names. He removes his shoes before beginning Borchu. The congregation removes their shoes after Borchu. (We remove the curtain from the Aron HaKodesh, we dim the lighting, and we sit on the floor or on a low stool. We do not sit on regular chairs or benches until after midday. We recite Maariv in a low and subdued voice; Shemonah Esrei with Atah Chonantanu; Kaddish Tiskabel after Shemonah Esrei; when we see candle-light (before the reading of Lamentations) we make the full Bracha Borei Me’oiri Ha’aysh. The rest of Havdalah is not made until Sunday night after the Fast. We have a public recitation of Eichah — the Book of Lamentations, followed by several Kinos for the night of Tisha B’Av; Va’atah Kodesh; Kaddish Tiskabel without Tiskabel; (we do not say Vihi Noam and Vayiten Lecha) Aleinu; Mourner’s Kaddish

We recite the usual weekday Maariv. After services (some maintain that we should eat first) we sanctify the New Moon of Av.
Havdalah Borei Pri Hagafen andHamavdil.

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Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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