Tisha B'Av
Guide & Schedule
Sunset of Wednesday evening, July 29
until sunset of Thursday, July 30

FAST OF 9 AV
The day of Destruction & Renewal
 
 
Join/Tune in for Socially Distanced Tisha B'av
 

Event #1

SOCIALLY DISTANCED TISHA B'AV UNDER THE STARS 

Date & Time: Wednesday night,  July 29, 8:30 - 9:30 pm.
Location: Pioneer Park in Novato
(I will also try to stream this service on Zoom (link below), but I can't guarantee good reception)

We will be reading from the book of Eicha (lamentations) at Pioneer Park. I will provide a copy for you.

Mandatory:
Please bring a mask and wear it.
Remain 6' apart at all times


Optional:
Traditionally, we sit on low chairs on this evening, so bring a lawn chair or stool. 
Flashlight
Sweater

Event #2:
FILM: WITH MY WHOLE BROKEN HEART
Learn more about the film here>>>

Date & Time: Thursday, July 30, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Rabbi Landa's Zoom Room: 

www.JewishNovato.com/zoom
or enter meeting ID: 283-913-9367
Password: smile

 Please let me know if you plan to join either or both events.

No Charge 
RSVP appreciated. Email Rabbi@JewishNovato.com if you think you can make it, or simply reply to this email. 


Please consider sponsoring this event for $100

 
 
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."

 
 
Observances
 

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.

This year, due to Covid-19, only fast if you feel strong and after consutling with your doctor

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.

 
 
Further Reading