As predicted, this year brings new opportunities for learning and growth! Encouraging members to bring their ideas and traditions to the congregation has allowed for this exciting opportunity to learn about the observance of Tisha B’Av!
Lauren Zinn will be hosting up to 10 participants at her house on Saturday August 6th at 7:15. There will be an optional outdoor BYOB picnic meal together before the listening/chanting of the first chapter of Eicha alongside a recording at 8pm. Lauren says “… Tish B’Av can be an opportunity to express sorrow not only for the historical event it commemorates but for our current collective angst as well as any personal sadness folks might want to share. Sometimes letting the grief out makes room for the joys.” If you would like to attend, please SIGN UP HERE! Lauren’s address will be sent out to participants who have signed up.
What is Tisha B’Av?
Tisha B’Av is a day of mourning for the loss of the first and second temples in Jerusalem. Tisha B’Av is translated literally as the ninth day in the month of Av. It is believed that other occurrences of loss have happened on or around this day involving the persecution of Jews in Europe amongst others therefore the observance has been expanded to include a mourning of loss in general.
On Tisha B’Av the book of Eicha is read, which grapples with how we as Jews deal with catastrophe, pain, and loss. It explores the role of G’d in suffering and how we may contribute to our own suffering or loss.
Similar to Yom Kippur, some Jews fast and refrain from perfumes, sex, bathing etc. There is traditionally a light pre-fast meal that does not include meat. Once the sun sets, participants begin reading the book of Eicha while sitting on the floor or a low stool.
Learn more about the Reconstructionist approach to the holiday, explore their website here!