Community Tisha B’av Service
Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Temple Judea
5500 Granada Boulevard
Coral Gables, FL 33146 Map
A Time to Mourn — A Time for Hope
Join us for a Community Tisha B’av Service
as we remember the Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem
and celebrate the resiliency of the Jewish People.
Saturday, July 21st, 7:00 pm
at Temple Judea
5500 Granada Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33146
With the participation of Bet Shira Congregation, Beth David Congregation,
Temple Beth Am, Temple Beth Or, Temple Beth Sholom, Temple Beth Tov/Ahavat Shalom,
Temple Hatikvah/Homestead Jewish Center, Temple Israel and Temple Judea.
One of the ways in which Tisha B'Av is observed is by fasting.
Therefore, no food or beverages will be served at this service.
Tisha B'Av primarily commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, both of which were destroyed on the ninth of Av (the first by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E.; the second by the Romans in 70 C.E.). Today, all that remains of the Second Temple is the Western Wall, commonly called the Wailing Wall, where devout Jews come to pray. Although this holiday is primarily meant to commemorate the destruction of the Temple, it is appropriate to consider on this day the many other tragedies of the Jewish people, many of which occurred on this day, most notably the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.
Tisha B'Av is the culmination of a three-week period of increasing mourning, beginning with the fast of the 17th of Tammuz, which commemorates the first breach in the walls of Jerusalem, before the First Temple was destroyed. During this three-week period, weddings and other parties are not permitted, and people refrain from cutting their hair. From the first to the ninth of Av, it is customary to refrain from eating meat or drinking wine (except on Shabbat) and from wearing new clothing.
The restrictions on Tisha B'Av are similar to those on Yom Kippur: to refrain from eating and drinking (even water); washing, bathing, shaving or wearing cosmetics; wearing leather shoes; engaging in sexual relations; and studying Torah. Work in the ordinary sense of the word is also restricted. People who are ill need not fast on this day. Many of the traditional mourning practices are observed: people refrain from smiles, laughter and idle conversation, and sit on low stools.