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Tisha b'Av at CBST

 Tisha B'Av at CBST

TONIGHT: 
 

Tisha b'Av 2020: Jews Say Free Them All Vigil  
Thursday, July 30, 4:00pm

T’ruah invites communities to commit themselves to taking action on behalf of immigrants whose health, livelihoods, and physical safety are under siege. For the third year in a row, we ask Jews to cry out and say that we must #FreeThemAll.
Register Here for the Vigil on Zoom >>

 

Tisha b'Av Mincha-Ma'ariv Study Session and Service
Thursday, July 30, 7:00pm

We reflect on the themes of the day with a special contemplative study session, led by Rabbi Marisa James, and service to conclude our 25-hour Tisha b’Av observance. Communal break-fast via Zoom follows.
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Dial by phone: 646-876-9923  Meeting ID: 882 7393 3437


Photo Credit: Patrice Ruel, CBST's Wine Family Sanctuary 2019

עַ֥ל נַהֲר֨וֹת ׀ בָּבֶ֗ל שָׁ֣ם יָ֭שַׁבְנוּ גַּם־בָּכִ֑ינוּ בְּ֝זָכְרֵ֗נוּ אֶת־צִיּֽוֹן׃

(1) By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, and we wept, as we thought of Zion.

אֵ֗יךְ נָשִׁ֥יר אֶת־שִׁיר־יְהוָ֑ה עַ֝֗ל אַדְמַ֥ת נֵכָֽר׃

(4) How can we sing the Eternal's song in a strange land?

-From Psalm 137, the psalm for Tisha b'Av
 

In an unknown landscape, isolated and afraid, we sit and we weep. What else can we do? Our world has been torn apart, made unrecognizable by forces outside our control and by forces of rage and rejection that we recognize within ourselves. How can we continue to sing when we cannot sing together, when we cannot even envision the day we will be able to join in song, in person? The world is broken and will never be the same. We must name it.
 

Tisha b'Av feels so heartbreakingly resonant this year. Over the course of history, these three weeks of mourning, culminating in Tisha b'Av, have remained a constant on the Jewish calendar as a container for the trauma of our people in every age- war, expulsion, plague, even genocide. This year, the losses we as a CBST community experienced, the losses all of humanity has experienced at the same time over the past few months, are staggering. In the face of all this upheaval, we have persevered; we have innovated; we have come together to create spaces of beauty and connection. But for 1 day, 25 hours on the Jewish calendar, Tisha B'Av is telling us we must pause and face this destruction and our own role as destroyers directly. We must stop, we must sit, we must weep.
 

For the space of one day, from Wednesday to Thursday night, we will mourn as our people have done for generations, seeing ancient traditions in a new light. On Wednesday night, Erev Tisha b'Av, we will open our observance with communal prayer and singing, albeit from our own computer screens. Dim your lights, surround yourselves with candles and we'll share the strains of age old melodies, from the words of Lamentations, to songs and psalms of heartbreak. On Thursday, amidst the traditional fast, CBST will join with other communities across the country in an afternoon virtual vigil on behalf of immigrants, organized by our partners at T'ruah. Our Thursday evening Mincha/Maariv will start with study and finish with a communal Zoom break-fast as we begin to emerge into the closing of our week and the welcoming of Shabbat Nachamu, the Shabbat of Consolation, on Friday evening. We transition as a community into the sacred weeks that lead up to the High Holy Days - the final words of Lamentations are "Hashiveinu Adonai, v'nashuvah, chadeish yameinu k'kedem / Take us back, oh Eternal, and let us return, renew our days as they were at the source," directing our orientation towards repentance and renewal.
 

Be with us, in our grief, in our despair. It is necessary, it is essential, and we must not look away. Jewish tradition holds this moment for us to be achingly honest in our emotional response. Let us embrace it, and embrace one another, despite (and because of) our physical distance. Then together, having taken this moment to name our bottomless grief, be strengthened to rise.
 

May your observance be meaningful,
Rabbi Yael Rapport, Assistant Rabbi

Rabbi Kleinbaum signatureRabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Senior Rabbi

and the CBST Clergy and Music Team
 

Erev Tisha b'Av Eichah Reading 
Wednesday, July 29, 9:00pm

We open with the traditional reading of Eichah in a candle-lit service, commemorating the destruction of the Temple and other tragedies in Jewish history and in our day. 
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Dial by phone: 646-876-9923  Meeting ID: 829 6375 0130

 

Tisha b'Av 2020: Jews Say Free Them All Vigil  
Thursday, July 30, 4:00pm

T’ruah invites communities to commit themselves to taking action on behalf of immigrants whose health, livelihoods, and physical safety are under siege. For the third year in a row, we ask Jews to cry out and say that we must #FreeThemAll.
Register Here for the Vigil on Zoom >>

 

Tisha b'Av Mincha-Ma'ariv Study Session and Service
Thursday, July 30, 7:00pm

We reflect on the themes of the day with a special contemplative study session, led by Rabbi Marisa James, and service to conclude our 25-hour Tisha b’Av observance. Communal break-fast via Zoom follows.
zoom.us/j/88273933437
Dial by phone: 646-876-9923  Meeting ID: 882 7393 3437

 

Note: All CBST classes continue during Tisha b'Av (with the exception of Pirkei Avot Study with Rabbi Moskowitz, which will be on break beginning July 30). Every class will focus on material relevant to Tisha b'Av, as is Jewish custom for study on the day.

Al Naharot Bavel (By the Waters)Video: Al Naharot Bavel (By the Waters)  with Cantorial Intern Sam Rosen and Music Director & Pianist Joyce Rosenzweig from CBST Kabbalat Shabbat Service on Friday, July 24, 2020 / 4 Av 5780.

Al naharot Bavel, sham yashavnu, gam bachinu, b'zochreinu et Tziyon

By the waters of Babylon,
We lay down and wept for thee Zion.
We remember thee Zion.

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum - 7/24/20 - 4 Av 5780 - PARASHAT DEVARIM

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Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum's Drashah
from Kabbalat Shabbat Services, Friday, July 24, 2020 / 4 Av 5780, Shabbat Chazon

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July 28th, 2020 12:00 AM