Tisha b’Av (the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av) commemorates painful moments of our history—all which occurred on this date. The memories include the destruction of the 1st and 2nd Temple, various Crusades and expulsions, and numerous other tragic memories. It is a day of fasting, mourning, and prayer.
The sadness of the day teaches us to acknowledge pain by lifting up our voice in sadness. We reenact the moments, by reading sacred text, so that we feel the pain. We seek to learn the lessons that emerge from these painful moments and to honor those who suffered throughout the generations.
At Beth Jacob, Tisha b’Av is a powerful evening where we sit on the floor, remove our shoes, and let ourselves become part of history. Our commemoration will include the evening service, recitation of the book of Lamentations, study with Rabbi Ilana, plus poetry and prayers connected to commemorating this sad day in Jewish history.