Tisha b’Av Observance at BCC: Saturday, August 13 at 7pm

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The saddest day on the Jewish calendar is Tisha b’Av, on which the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem is only one of many Jewish tragedies we commemorate. This year it begins on Saturday night August 13. We’ll begin the evening at BCC with Havdalah and a symbolic bite of food — the last before the fast begins (note: not everyone fasts, totally up to you, but either way, please eat before you come to BCC). The main sustenance of the evening will be coming together in solidarity.

Together with Rabbis Edwards and Miller and Cantor Porat, we’ll spend a couple of hours learning, sharing music and truths, questions and prayers, including the biblical book of Eicha (Lamentations). We’ll share longings and plans for how to move the world closer to the way things are meant to be. Not a full-blown revolution — just something we could reasonably accomplish when our day of mourning comes to an end. No previous experience is required, just come with an open heart.

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