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Tisha B’av: Virtual Learning
July 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
What does our communal grief teach us about ourselves? In this time of heightened loss, we will explore both classical and modern poems of lament. Those texts will help us reflect together on how the things that we mourn reflect what we love and value, and ultimately, who we are as a people. Contact Rabbi Rose for the Zoom invitation to this Tisha B’av learning.
Tisha B’Av (the 9th of Av) is the day of mourning for the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (both the first and the second), and all that entailed– physical violence and destruction– but also the loss of a spiritual home, the sense of being cut off from the Divine, exile, and longing for the past. As we cope with our own losses, large and small, this year, the themes of Tisha B’Av are particularly resonant, and it seems especially appropriate that the Jewish calendar offers a day for us to feel and honor our grief. May Tisha B’Av serve as a chance for us to sit with and acknowledge our losses this year, and may the Jewish people’s resilience in the aftermath of the destruction of the Temple inspire us to do what we can to build a better tomorrow.
It is traditional on Tisha B’Av to refrain from eating, drinking, engaging in sexual relations, bathing and wearing leather shoes. The study of religious texts is limited to those which enhance and reflect the day’s mood such as the books of Lamentations and Job and other texts referring to the destruction of Jerusalem. Working, using money, driving, and other restrictions applicable to Shabbat and festivals are not applicable to Tisha B’Av.