Tisha b’Av: Monday, August 4 at 8pm

Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,

On Monday evening (August 4) at 8pm we will observe Tisha b’Av at CBI with an evening service which will feature poetry both classical and contemporary, psalms and prayers, lamentations and hope.

Tisha b’Av is the anniversary of the destruction of the first Temple in 586 BCE, and the destruction of the second Temple in 70 CE. In our own day, Tisha b’Av beckons us into the darkness of inner exile, so we can emerge into the Season of Teshuvah. Enfolded in community, we invoke the depth of Tisha b’Av for the purpose of rising anew.

This year we will use a renewed liturgy for Tisha b’Av. Excerpts from the Biblical book Eicha (Lamentations) will be interwoven with contemporary poetry (by Toge Sankichi, Yehuda Amichai, Mark Nazimova, Hannah Stein, and others) and with a simple evening service.

The service is brief, but hopefully its emotional impact will linger — and will become the springboard from which we will ascend upwards toward the Days of Awe. Please join us.

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel

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