“With the mourner’s mouth in the dust, perhaps there will be hope” (Lam. 3:29)
The traditional time-frame for fasting on Tisha B’Av is similar to that of Yom Kippur, beginning the evening of Monday 7/31 and continuing through Tuesday 8/1 evening at nightfall. Washing, wearing leather shoes, physical intimacy, in addition to eating and drinking are all suspended for the day. Unlike Yom Kippur, an additional prohibition against Torah learning (which evokes joy) is observed until the latter half of the day (Tuesday afternoon) when the tone shifts from destruction toward comfort. Learning that is permitted includes the Book of Job and rabbinic passages (kinot) that deal with the destruction of Jerusalem. We are honored to reflect and observe with you in the services listed below.
Leyl Tisha B’Av, Monday, July 31, 2017
- Mincha services, Epstein Auditorium 7:50 pm
- Tisha B’Av Maariv, 8:10pm (Including Eicha)
Tisha B’Av, Tuesday, August 1, 2017
- Shacharit services, Epstein 7:00 am (including Torah, Haftorah, and Eicha)
In accordance with the custom of Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg (1215-1293), we do not wear Tallit and Tefillin Tuesday morning.
- Tisha B’Av Mincha services, Epstein Auditorium 7:45 pm (including Tallit and Tefillin)
- Maariv services, Epstein Auditorium, 8:35pm
- Following evening services, the fast concludes at 8:45 pm.
Tisha B’Av, Judaism’s saddest day, recalls not only the destruction of both the First and Second Temples. Additionally, according to the Mishna (Taanit 4:6), the decree against entering the land of Israel after the sin of the scouts took place, as well as the fall of Betar. Throughout history, other calamities have befallen our people on this day as well: in 1290 King Edward I signed an edict compelling the Jews to leave England, the expulsion from Spain in 1492, and even the outbreak of World War I.
Our rabbis have taught that sustaining an annual ethos of destruction, as Tisha B’Av most powerful does, is vital to both our survival and our capacity to thrive as responsible players in the unfolding drama of history.
KI wishes you and yours a Tzom Kal, an easy and important fast.