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Tisha B'Av 2021 / 5781

Saturday, July 17 – Sunday, July 18

Join our Adas clergy for a poignant Tisha B’Av experience this year, in person and over the airwaves, with participatory Eicha readings from our community members. Eicha, The Book of Lamentations, is a collection of poetic laments for the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, and is read on Tisha B'Av, regarded as the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. As we mark the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem through the words and haunting melodies of Eicha, we take stock of the world we live in today, acknowledge that which is broken, and commit mightily to its renewal.

 

Tisha B'Av Schedule at Adas

Erev Tisha B'Av, Saturday, July 17

9:30pm In Person Candle Lit Maariv/ Eicha service with clergy Livestream Here

Tisha B'Av, Sunday, July 18

9:00am In Person Shacharit and Eicha in the Gewirz Beit Am Click to join on Zoom

6:00pm In Person Mincha and Torah Service Click to join on Zoom

 

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). 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.

Sat, September 18 2021 12 Tishrei 5782