Observing Tisha B’Av The Ninth of Av Saturday August 10, 8:30 p.m. During the Ma’ariv Service for Tisha B’Av we will recite the Bible’s Book of Lamentations, Eikhah.
Tisha B’Av is our calendar’s date of mourning. On the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av we recall tragic events in Jewish history whose legacy have shaped our identity and values. Foremost among the events, we remember are the destructions of the two Temples in Jerusalem. The Babylonians destroyed the First Temple in the year 586 BCE. The Romans destroyed the Second Temple in 70 CE.
On Saturday, August 10 at 8:30 p.m., Rabbi Gruenberg will give a short introduction to the Book of Lamentations titled: Lamentations 4:10 “With their own hands, tenderhearted women cooked their children. Such became their fare, in the disaster of my poor people.” What can this excruciating verse teach us about the need for Tisha B’Av today.
We will also gather in observance of Tisha B’Av on Sunday morning, August 11 at 9:15 a.m. A special Minhah service will be held at 1:30 p.m. At this afternoon service we will wear our Tallit and Tefillin, ritual symbols that we will not use during our Shaharit service in expression of our mourning. Tisha B’Av is a full or partial day of fasting and introspection observed with emotion as we transform trauma into wisdom through ritual.