Join us as we commemorate the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem by chanting the mournful liturgy of the Book of Lamentations. Prayers will also be offered for the State of Israel.
Monday evening, July 15, 2013 at 7:45 p.m.
Tuesday morning, July 16, 2013 at 6:45 a.m.
Join us for Torah Reading and recitation of “Kinos” Elegiac Hymns
On Monday Evening, July 15, 2013 at 7:45 P.M. the setting sun will usher in the ninth day of the month of AV – Tisha B’Av, the saddest day of the Jewish year.
This day is a symbolic commemoration of the pain and suffering that have befallen the Jewish people throughout history. According to Jewish Tradition, the following occurred on Tisha B’Av.
The Babylonians destroyed the First Temple in 586 BCE.
The Romans destroyed the Second Temple in 70 CE.
Bar Kochba and his followers were crushed in the city of Bethar, 135 BCE
Assyria’s defeat of the Northern Kingdom of Israel in 721 BCE
The expulsion of Jews from England by King Edward I in 1290.
The expulsion of Spanish Jewry from Spain in 1492.
The beginning of the Nazis mass deportation of Warsaw’s Jews to the concentration camp at Treblinka.
It is the only major fast day of the Jewish year, other than Yom Kippur.
Erev Tisha B’Av observant Jews sit in the synagogues on low stools or on the floor and chant the mournful liturgy of the Book of Lamentations. Lights are dimmed, the ark may be draped in black, and the crowns are removed from the Torah scrolls.
The services for the day, marked by the chanting of “Kinos”, or dirges, are dedicated to the memory of all Jews who have died for the sanctification of G-d’s name.
The three weeks preceding the Holy Day are considered a time of mourning, during which Jews are prohibited from marrying, cutting their hair, or holding celebrations.