Shabbat of Tisha B’Av (when the fast is pushed off)

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Tisha B’Av is normally a fast day and a day of great mourning. This Shabbat is the 9th of Av – yes, that’s Tisha B’Av! And we don’t fast or mourn on Shabbat. So this year, the fast will be observed on the 10th of Av, which is Saturday night and Sunday.

Practically, this means that preparations, Shabbat, and especially the actual day of Tisha B’Av are a bit different. The specifics vary among communities and traditions, but here is a post with some of the practicalities involved. There are a lot of things that could be different, mostly on the fast day itself, so it pays to check out your community’s information on this if you haven’t yet.

Here’s our menu this Shabbat (Parshat Devarim)


  • Challah
  • salads/mazza: homemade hummus, eggplant relish, zhug, and raw veggie platter
  • matza ball soup (per kids’ request)
  • sweet noodle kugel (per kids’ request)
  • spice rubbed roasted chicken
  • roasted veggies
  • brownies


  • Challah and salads
  • fish “meatballs”
  • curried meatloaf
  • roasted potatoes
  • fruit salad
  • brownies

Shalesheudos / Seuda Shlishit / Seuda Mafseket (before the fast)

  • Challah and salads
  • Eggs (our usual shalesheudos protein, but also a common before-Tisha B’Av food), probably deviled eggs
  • Veggies and dips
  • Sesame noodles (carbs!)
  • fruit salad
  • brownies and gingersnaps (dairy)
  • Water, water, water! (throughout the day, of course!)

For some other good ideas of what to eat before the fast, try here.

About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.

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