Saturday, July 21, 2018 – 7:30pm
Join the Aquarian Minyan, Beyt Tikkun, Chochmat HaLev, & JeWitch Collective, for our annual Erev Tisha b’Av observance, with R. Tsvi Bar David, Sophie Miron, Amnon Goodman, Len Fellman, and friends
Tisha b’Av marks a time in the Jewish calendar that begins the preparation for the High Holy Days by bringing us in contact with those places which need healing and renewal. The fast commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Jerusalem Temples. This year, we turn our attention to the destruction of all places desecrated by our collective inaction, inattention or active participation: from Jerusalem in ancient times to the chaos in our country today, from the Earth itself to the holy depths of our own hearts. How do we live through what feels like the destruction of our temple in the present day?
Tisha b’Av is a day of mourning when, traditionally, one fasts from sundown to sundown and begins the holy day with the reading of Megilat Eicha–the Book of Lamentations.
7:30 – brief Ma’ariv (evening service), followed by reading from Megilat Eicha in Hebrew and English, with kavanot – intentions – to bring our consciousness to places in need of healing.
What to bring– Some people have a tradition of sitting on the floor or low to the ground in recognition of Tisha B’av as a day of mourning. You are invited to bring pillows if you wish to observe this custom. Don’t bring water bottles unless health requires this, and bring a flashlight if you’d like to read from Eicha as it is chanted. We will have backjacks and chairs, and use LED candles.
Contact Sophie Miron, firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help with leyning Eicha.
Contact Reb Tsvi, email@example.com if you want to help lead the service.
Contact Shoshana, firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with set up or clean up.