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Tisha B'Av Commemoration

Sat, Aug 6 @ 7:15 pmSun, Aug 7 @ 11:30 am

"Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars" (MLK Jr.)

Finding hope in the hopeless moments… Join together for the solemn observance of Tisha B'Av (the 9th day of the month of Av) as we remember the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem through the study of scripture, the chanting of Eicha (Book of Lamentations), and deep learning on the themes of the day.

Saturday, August 6

Sunday, August 7

  • 9:00 a.m.: Shacharit Morning Service (Hybrid) *without tallit or tefillin
  • 10:00 a.m.: Tisha B'Av Learning Session (Hybrid) – Rabbi Hillel Norry and Neal Yarm
    • Kamtza and Bar Kamtza: Alternate Histories
      Facilitator: Rabbi Hillel Norry
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      After a quick review of the Talmudic story, we will explore some 'alternate histories', imagining different possible endings.
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    • "Jewish Hope" the Math Is on Our Side
      Facilitator: Neal Yarm
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      As Jews, our history had given us a unique set of tools to transform Tear of Grief to Tears of joy.
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  • 10:45 a.m.: Tisha B'Av Learning Session (Hybrid) – Rabbi Neil Sandler and Dr. Linda Lippitt
    • There's a Darkness upon Me That's Flooded in Light
      Facilitator: Rabbi Neil Sandler
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      Do you recognize those lyrics in the title above? The Avett Brothers capture the essence of our upcoming study session with these lyrics taken from their song, "Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise." Together we will read and discuss several biblical, Talmudic, and modern Jewish sources on the nature of hopelessness and where the path to light and hope resides.
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    • What Should We Do With Tisha B'Av?
      Facilitator: Dr. Linda Lippitt
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      We will survey the perception of holiness that sustained us through the millennia of exile and the evolution of some of the neo-Chasidic ideas that exist today.
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  • 11:30 a.m.: Tisha B'Av Learning Session (Hybrid) – Robert Wildstein and Stacy Garon
    • Finding Hope During the Holocaust
      Facilitator: Rob Wildstein
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      This study session will discuss how was it possible to find hope during the most unimaginable time of our history. We will look at writings from survivors and victims such as Eli Wiesel, Viktor Frankel, and Anne Frank.
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    • When Bad Things Happen to Good People: Eicha, Job, and Finding Hope in Moments of Hopelessness
      Facilitator: Stacy Garon
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      We will discuss how people deal with loss and suffering, how to find hope in moments of great hopelessness, and finding a path through the pain in the context of the Book of Eicha and with reference to the Book of Job. This discussion will draw heavily upon Rabbi Harold Kushner's book, The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person (2012). (Reading it in advance is not necessary for participants.)
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  • 6:00 p.m.: Mincha/Ma'ariv Service (Virtual)


Sat, Aug 6 @ 7:15 pm
Sun, Aug 7 @ 11:30 am
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Ahavath Achim Synagogue
600 Peachtree Battle Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
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