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Tisha B’Av

Join the Aquarian Minyan & Chochmat HaLev for our annual
Erev Tisha b’Av observance.

Rabbi SaraLeya Schley, Sophie Miron, and friends.

Saturday, August 13 – 9 – 11 pm.

Chanting from the Book of Lamentations, in honor of Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of Av, fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples. The fast commemorates the destruction of both the First Temple and Second Temple in Jerusalem, which occurred about 655 years apart, but on the same Hebrew calendar date. Read more about this holiday at HebCal.

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 Orlando today, from the Earth itself to the holy depths of our own hearts. 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.

9:00 – Havdallah and 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. Message from Rabbi SaraLeya: Please avoid wearing leather, 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.


August 13, 2016


9:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Chochmat Halev
2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States



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