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Tisha B'Av

Saturday, July 21, 2018 • 9 Av 5778

9:00 PM - 10:30 PM

EREV TISHA B'AV
Saturday, July 21 at 9:00pm:  Maariv & Eicha

TISHA B'AV
Sunday, July 22 at 9:00am:  Shacharit

For 20 centuries, Tisha B’Av, the ninth of Av, has been the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is known as the White Fast; Tisha B’Av is called the Black Fast. It commemorates the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem, the death of Bar Kochba, and the last rebellion against Rome in 135 CE, as well as the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492. When they could, Jews historically would come to the area near the Kotel (the Western Wall) to read Eicha (the Book of Lamentations) and to weep. Most Jews, of course, could not come to Jerusalem, and during many periods, they could not approach the Kotel. In modern times, the establishment of the State of Israel caused some to question whether Tisha B’Av was necessary any longer. This debate continues, although those who observe the day recognize its symbolic power and emphasize that we still lament the destruction of the Temples, which ruptured our sense of connectedness to God. Our observance of Tisha B’Av at Adas Israel is exceedingly touching, a moving experience in which we gather as the sun sets to quietly chant the Book of Lamentations in a subdued atmosphere, by candlelight, using the traditional melody. The evening service on Saturday, July 21, begins with Maariv and Eicha at 9:00 pm. The scroll is again chanted as part of the morning service on Sunday, July 22, at 9:00 am (Shacharit and Eicha) and at 6:00 pm (Mincha). Join us in this annual beautiful experience as we connect with tradition and history

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