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TISHA B'AV 2018 / 5777

Saturday, July 21 – Sunday, July 22

Join us for Tisha B’Av observances at Adas – a moving service experience, as we gather with the setting sun to quietly chant the Book of Lamentations, Eicha, in a darkened candlelit atmosphere, using the traditional melodies. For twenty centuries, Tisha B’Av, the ninth of Av, has served as a commemoration of the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem – a somber reminder of the continuing brokenness of our world, and our yearning to see it renewed.

Tisha B'Av Schedule at Adas

Erev Tisha B'Av, Saturday, July 21

9:00pm Maariv and Eicha

Tisha B'Av, Sunday, July 22

9:00am Shacharit and Eicha (w Torah & Haftarah)
Following morning tefillah: *Tisha B'Av Learning with Rabbi Krinsky
6:00pm Mincha (w Torah & Haftarah, no Maariv)

*Eicha to Ayeka: Mourning in the Head to Mourning in the Heart

Enhance your Tisha B'Av experience with a learning session immediately following Sunday minyan at 10:30am

Rabbi Krinsky will teach a shiur following the morning's tefillah that explores different ways that we express our mourning, and how that impacts our religious experience of the holiday.

History of Tisha B'Av

For twenty 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 destructions 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 would historically come to the area near the Kotel (the Western Wall) in order to read Eicha (the Book of Lamentations) and to weep. Most Jews, of course, could not come to Jerusalem, and during many periods, the Kotel area could not be approached.

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 the sense of connectedness to God.

Join us in this annual beautiful experience as we connect with tradition and history.

Fri, February 22 2019 17 Adar I 5779