Tisha B'Av with Hadar
Tisha B'Av with Hadar

A Day of In-Person and Online Learning and Prayer

Sunday, August 7

Online Learning: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Eastern

In-Person Prayer and Learning:  9:00 AM - 2:20 PM Eastern
All in-person sessions will be held at Yeshivat Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY

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Tisha B’Av, the saddest day of the Jewish year, is a day of disruption from our routines, as we mourn for the loss of the Temple and other tragedies of Jewish history and our world. This day is meant to shock us into remembering the uncomfortable, the painful, and things we may rather forget.

On Sunday, August 7, join us online and in-person to observe Tisha B’Av with the Hadar community. We encourage you to drop in to different sessions throughout the day. For online sessions, register in advance to receive the Zoom link.

 

In-Person Schedule

9:00-9:45 AM: Shaharit

9:45-10:45 AM: Kinot

10:45-11:00 AM: Break

11:00 AM-1:15 PM: Continued Kinot Recitation 

11:15-11:45 AM: Children & Families Session with Mara Braunfeld

Kamtza and Bar Kamtza: When Your Heart Isn’t Open 

Did you know that Beit HaMikdash was destroyed because of two extra letters on a party invitation? We will act out the notorious story of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza, whose fight and humiliation led to the destruction of Beit HaMikdash, and explore how this story can impact our lives and the world we seek to build.  

This class is geared towards children in grades 1-4 and their families.

12:15-1:15 PM: Eikhah Rabbah: Whom Did We Betray? with R. Aviva Richman

The poetry of Lamentations and other prophetic works features language of Israel's betrayal.  But whom or what exactly did Israel betray? We'll explore passages in rabbinic midrash on Eikhah that describe and disentangle different kinds of betrayal - betraying God, betraying Torah, betraying each other. These kinds of betrayal can overlap, but don't have to. In one provocative statement we'll see that maybe if we had "only" betrayed God but been attentive to Torah we might have escaped disaster. Through probing the multi-dimensional nature of Israel's betrayal we will look for unexpected pathways out of the brokenness Tisha b'Av represents to rebuild relationships - with God, with Torah, and with each other.

1:15-1:35 PM: Break

1:35-2:20 PM: Minhah

 

Virtual Schedule

9:00-9:45 AM: Shaharit

Broadcast of live minyan from Yeshivat Hadar.

9:45-10:45 AM: Kinot

Broadcast of Kinot reading from Yeshivat Hadar.

10:45-11:15 AM: Break

11:15-12:15 PM: The Hidden Destruction of Shiloh with R. Tali Adler

Before the destruction of the first and second temples, Shiloh was destroyed. Discussed in Yirmiyahu and alluded to in Tehillim and Shmuel, Shiloh is the spiritual center that we often overlook in Jewish history, and whose destruction and its lessons we too often forget. Join us as we study Shiloh's place in Tanakh, and how its destruction can inform what we mourn for today.

12:30-1:30 PM: Shriveled Figs: Hunger in the Streets of Jerusalem with R. Miriam-Simma Walfish

In this session, we will read together stories in the Talmud that express the extent of Jerusalem's destruction through food. These stories raise the question of how we respond to suffering – or how we ought to.

1:35-2:20 PM: Minhah

Broadcast of live minyan from Yeshivat Hadar.

2:30-3:30 PM: When Worlds Fall At Our Feet with R. Avi Strausberg

Bereishit Rabbah teaches us that God created and destroyed many worlds before allowing our world to stand. In this session, we'll explore a midrash from Dirshuni, a collection of modern midrashim written by women, which delves into God's emotional experience of what it's like when the worlds that one holds dear collapse around us. We'll ask questions like: how do we face the loss of destruction, where do we turn for support, and how do we begin again?

*Please note that this class will touch upon content and discussion referencing miscarriage. If you need to step away during the class for any reason please feel free to do so.

3:30-4:00 PM: Break

4:00-4:45 PM: Children & Families Session with Mara Braunfeld

Kamtza and Bar Kamtza: When Your Heart Isn’t Open 

Did you know that Beit HaMikdash was destroyed because of two extra letters on a party invitation? We will act out the notorious story of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza, whose fight and humiliation led to the destruction of Beit HaMikdash, and explore how this story can impact our lives and the world we seek to build.  

This class is geared towards children in grades 1-4 and their families.

4:00-5:00 PM: Selections from Eikhah Rabbah with R. Ethan Tucker

We will study excerpts of this ancient text, often studied on this day because of its focus on destruction, loss and mourning.

5:00-5:45: Children & Families Session with Chana Kupetz

Singing in the Ruin

Can we and should we always look at the glass half full? What about when our Temple is being destroyed? In this class we will learn a midrash based on a psalm about how it might be possible to see a bright spot and potentially find joy, even in the sadness of the destruction of Beit HaMikdash. 

This class is geared towards children in grades 5-8 and their families.

5:15-6:15 PM: On the Day the Messiah Was Born: Hope, Desperation, and Continuity with R. Micha’el Rosenberg

The Talmud Yerushalmi tells a distressing and perplexing tale about a cowherd who, on the day the Temple was destroyed, goes off in search of the newborn baby messiah. We will read this story, with its enigmatic ending, and try to understand what its authors are trying to tell us about how we should respond in the face of destruction.

*Please note that this class will discuss the potentially violent death of a young child. If you need to step away during the class for any reason please feel free to do so.

6:15-6:45 PM: Break

6:45-7:45 PM: For Rachel’s Sake: Teaching God Compassion with Yael Jaffe, Hadar Advanced Kollel

On Tisha B’av, as we mourn the loss of the Temple and other tragedies across Jewish history, we also reaffirm our hope for the future. Throughout Tanakh and tefillah, we express our confidence in God’s promise of ultimate redemption. But why do we believe we deserve redemption? And why is God convinced to make such a promise? The Midrash in Eikhah Rabbah depicts God seeking answers to these very questions from our biblical ancestors. When Rachel finally steps forward, it is her personal testimony that ultimately moves God to have mercy on the Jewish people. In this session, we will dive into this midrash and explore what it has to teach us about sisterhood, sacrifice, and divine compassion.

8:00-9:00 PM: Musical Break-Fast with Joey Weisenberg

Bring your own food and break the fast with Joey Weisenberg from Hadar’s Rising Song Institute. We will usher in the end of the mourning period with nigunim and musical Torah, and then Joey will bring out the guitar at nightfall to close the day of learning and reflection.

 

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