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Beth Israel Judea Joins Bay Area Communities in Novel Tisha B’Av Service

July 16, 2010

On Erev Tisha B’Av, Beth Israel Judea will join five other congregations — Ner Tamid, Beit Simchah-Jewish Recovery Community and West Bay Chavurah of San Francisco, Coastside Torah Circle of Half Moon Bay and Beit Yakov Chavurah of Marin — in a novel way to commemorate this traditional fast day. The evening will begin at 6:30PM at Ner Tamid with a dairy potluck, and then continue with songs and studies that examine the paradox of maintaining the mourning customs in the face of the reality of the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel and the Reunification of Jerusalem.

There’s a story in this week’s J. Weekly about the event that includes an interview with Reb Moshe at Ner Tamid:

Participants will discuss the paradox of maintaining mourning rituals in the face of the reality of the return of Jews to Israel and the reunification of Jerusalem, the site of the destruction some 2,000 years ago.  
“In doing what we are doing, we are dealing with a lot more than Tisha B’Av,” Levin said. “We are facing the challenge of keeping Judaism relevant to the times, an issue that must be faced with everything else Jewish. We are tackling the hardest but by far not the only one.”

I will be leading a couple of songs (traditionally there’s no singing on Tisha B’Av or even on the days before it) and a short talk on the issue of Jewish liturgy and restoration of sacrifice as a means to get closer to G*d, as well as a teaching by the brilliant Marcia Falk on the re-imagining of Zion and the return of the Shechinah to Israel.

Shabbat Shalom!

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