Tisha B'Av
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Sunset of Saturday evening, July 17
until sunset of Sundday, July 18

The day of Destruction & Renewal
Join in for Tisha B'av

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Date & Time: Sunday, July 18, 8:15 - 9:00pm
Location: In person at Chabad of Novato
695 De Long Ave

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Triumph of Hope

Sunday, August 14th (Tisha B'Av), 2016 | 8:15 pm
The Jewish Academy, 1260 Howe Street

About the Film:

Triumph of Hope is a professionally-produced film about finding faith during difficult times. The film is an emotionally-gripping documentary featuring holocaust survivors recounting their own memories of faith, mitzvot performed, and Jewish identity maintained in the most horrible moments. It weaves together their personal recollections, stories, and sentiments along with a rare video clip of the Rebbe speaking about the Holocaust.


General Info and Customs

The saddest day on the Jewish calendar is the Ninth of Av, “Tisha b'Av," the date on which both our Holy Temples were destroyed, and exile, persecution and spiritual darkness began.

Tisha b'Av starts at sundown of the eighth of Av and lasts till the following nightfall. During this time-period we fast, eschew pleasurable activities and amenities, and lament the destruction of the Holy Temple and our nation’s exile.

It is a tradition, however, that Tisha b'Av is also the birthday of our Redeemer. This symbolizes the idea that from the ashes of the destroyed temple will rise an incomparably magnificent edifice; exile will give birth to redemption. Thus Tisha b’Av is also a day of anticipation and hope, for “One who mourns Jerusalem will merit seeing her happiness."


Besides fasting, we abstain from additional pleasures: washing, applying lotions or creams, wearing leather footwear, and marital relations. Until midday, we sit on the floor or on low stools. We also abstain from studying Torah—besides those parts that discuss the destruction of the Temple.

On the eve of Tisha b’Av, we gather in the synagogue to read the Book of Lamentations. Tallit and tefillin are not worn during the morning prayers. After the morning prayers we recite Kinot (elegies). We don the tallit and tefillin for the afternoon prayers.

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