Friday July 20th: Observance of Tisha B’Av

A short service is planned for Friday July 20, to mark Tisha B’Av, the collective day of mourning in the Jewish calendar. Meredith Cummings and Julea Gardner are planning to incorporate music into our service, beginning at 6:30 with teaching of a song followed by a short break and a service at 7pm. Meredith will give a short talk (drash) about Tisha B’Av, followed by a discussion. Kiddush (blessing the bread and wine) will conclude the evening.

Many tragic events in Jewish history are reputed to have occurred on this date, especially the destruction of the First and Second Temples, some 656 years apart but on the same date — the 9th of Av.  Some sources indicate that the First Temple was destroyed on either the 7th or the 10th of Av, and the Second Temple was destroyed on the 10th of Av. However, rabbinic authorities decided to mark the 9th of Av as the official date for remembering the destruction of both.

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