Tishah B’Av, observed on the 9th (tishah) of the Hebrew month of Av, is a day of mourning the destruction of both ancient Temples in Jerusalem. Liberal Judaism never has assigned a central religious role to the ancient Temple, so mourning the destruction of the Temple may not be particularly meaningful to liberal Jews. In modern times, many Jews understand Tishah B’Av as a day to remember many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people throughout history, and to reflect on the suffering that still occurs in our world. The Book of Lamentations is chanted to a beautiful and haunting melody. It is a time of deep contemplation and meditation, especially as we prepare to enter the month of Elul which immediately proceeds the upcoming High Holy Days.
We invite you to join us in our beautiful Chapel for our Tisha B’Av meditative service:
Saturday, August 6th
7:00 PM: Brief Havdalah (ceremony ending Shabbat)
7:15 PM: Tisha B’Av Service and Reading of Eicha (The Book of Lamentations)