Tisha b’Av/ 9th of Av, is our tradition’s annual fast day, commemorating the destruction of both the First and Second Temples, and other painful losses in the history of our peoplehood.  This year, we hope to also offer an opportunity for quiet, silence and shared community to clarify our sadness about the recent actions in our Israel and our fears for its future directions.

Beth El’s commemoration of Tisha b’Av will take place on Saturday evening, July 21st, at 8:00 p.m. in our sanctuary, as we hear the chanting of the book of Eichah/Lamentations, crying out from the hurt and the loss and the sadness within.

Tisha b’Av is traditionally a full day of fasting.  With the following teaching, 

I offer you a kavanah/directive for our service together:

It is better to fast by abstaining from talk than by abstaining from food – for when you fast from talking it will not hurt your body or your soul.

R. Yisrael B’aal Shem Tov

  • We will meet on July 21st in our sanctuary, in silence.  
  • Our evening service will be a contemplative meditation.
  • We will receive and hear the words of Lamentations in candlelit quiet.

If two people sit together and there is not between them words of Torah.

                          Avot 3:2

This can be understood to mean that if there is nothing between them, rather they sit together in love and friendship, then this in itself may be considered ‘words of Torah.’                                                                      (R. Menahem Mendel Kalish)

  • We will share our sadness, our friendship and Torah in the fasting silence of Tisha b’Av.
  • Please join us on Saturday, July 21st, at 8:00 p.m.