Tisha B’av 2018:Begins in the evening of Saturday, July 21 and ends in the evening of Sunday, July 22
This coming Sunday, on the Fast of Tisha B’Av, Bend the Arc is leading an action for family reunification in West LA. This is part of a national effort of many Jewish groups organizing events in twelve cities. Although the policy has been reversed by court order, there still almost 3,000 children who are not reunified with their parents, 50 of those children are 5 years old or younger.Sunday, July 22, 2018, 3-4:30pm at the intersection of Pico & Robertson click here for more details
Tisha B’Av is an annual fast day in Judaism, named for the ninth day (Tisha) of the month of Av in the Hebrew calendar. The fast commemorates the destruction of both the First Temple and Second Temple in Jerusalem, which occurred about 655 years apart, but on the same Hebrew calendar date.
Although primarily meant to commemorate the destruction of the Temples, it is also considered appropriate to commemorate other Jewish tragedies that occurred on this day, most notably the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, one of the concluding events of the Iberian Reconquista. Accordingly, the day has been called the “saddest day in Jewish history”.
This year Tisha B’Av begins in the evening of Monday July 15, and ends on Tuesday evening (July 16). The Book of Lamentations is traditionally read, followed by the kinnot, a series of liturgical lamentations. In many communities it is also customary to read the Book of Job.