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Tisha B'Av Community Morning Service at Congregation B'nai Torah (In-Person and Virtual)
Sun, Jul 18 @ 9:00 am
Come together at Congregation B'nai Torah on the solemn day of Tisha B'Av to commemorate the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Join us for this meaningful and powerful spiritual experience remembering our people's struggle to survive and the hope that emerged through the rubble.
9:00 am: Morning Minyan (without tallit or tefillin)
10:00 am: Breakout learning with local rabbis on the themes and rhythms of Tisha B'Av
- Humanity's Role in Tragedy: An Imaginative Look at the Talmudic Origin of Tisha B'Av (led by Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser): What can we learn from the Talmudic story of Kamtza and bar Kamtza, as the basis for mourning the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash on Tisha B'Av? How does this story inform our understanding of human agency in communal tragedy? We will study, discuss, flex our artistic muscles, and share.
- Theodicy: Why Bad Things Happen to All People (led by Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal): Join Rabbi Rosenthal in an exploration of rabbinic understanding of suffering in the world. Is it random? Is suffering part of God's plan? Does suffering in this world clear the way for eternal bliss in the next or is it all just chaos and pain? Come, learn and add your voice to the conversation.
- Echoes of Tragedy: An Exploration of Jewish Kinnot/Laments Through the Centuries (led by Rabbi Hillel Konigsburg: The Jewish people have known oppression throughout the centuries, and accounts of their sufferings have been immortalized through poetry and prose. On the morning of Tisha B'Av it is customary to recite these accounts, known as kinnot, and to serve as witnesses to the tragedies that befell our ancestors. Join our exploration and recital of select kinnot as we let the voices of past Jewish communities echo and reverberate in our hearts.