Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av — the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av — is a fast day that commemorates the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem nearly 2,000 years ago (in the year 70 CE). The Temple was the center of Jewish worship, and with its destruction Judaism itself faced a spiritual crisis. Traditionally it was felt that the Temple was destroyed due to our sins — namely civil discord. Ever since, our liturgy has focused on our spiritual “exile” from Jerusalem and, with our sincere remorse and repentance, the hope that the Temple could be restored.

Tisha B’Av contains elements that help us understand the enormity of that historic and tragic event.

Tisha B’Av is the culmination of a three-week period that begins on the minor fast day of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz (17th of Tammuz). It is a day of mourning and fasting in the Jewish calendar.

"Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem" by Francesco Hayez, 1867

“Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem” by Francesco Hayez, 1867

Tisha B’Av 5778/2017 

Monday, July 31
8:00 pm (note different time) – service in our Flax Library, beginning with Mincha (the afternoon service). Following Mincha,  there will be a discussion on the history of the Temple Mount (Har HaBayit) and reflect on the current state of affairs there. Our observance will include the weekday evening service (Ma’ariv) and the chanting of the biblical Book of Lamentations (Megillat Eicha). Participants are encouraged to bring small flashlights. Leather shoes are traditionally not worn. 

Tuesday, August 1
7:30 am – Shacharit (morning) service . Our observance will include a brief Torah reading and a haftarah. As a sign of mourning, Tallit and tefillin are not worn.
7:00 pm (note different time)– Mincha service. Tallit and tefillin are worn. The Torah will again be read and haftarah chanted.

Note: The full fast ends at approximately 9:02 pm, no Ma’ariv service will be held on Tuesday evening.