For more than thirty years, Torah Connections, under the leadership of Dr. Aaron Mandel, has coordinated the Tisha B’Av program and a Shiva Asar B’Tammuz lecture program that have inspired thousands of members of the community to focus on the significance of the Three Weeks.
The program begins Mo’tzei Shabbos, Tisha B’av night, with Maariv at 9:30 p.m. followed by the reading of Megillas Eichah. At approximately 10:20 p.m., Rabbi Tzvi Mordechai Feldheim, Menahel of Yeshivas Toras Chaim of Denver, will address the audience.
The program will resume the following morning with Shacharis at 8:00 a.m. At approximately 9:00 a.m., Rabbi Efraim Levine will lead the recital of selected Kinnos with introductions and explanations.
Following Kinnos at 1:00 p.m., a series of eight lectures will be presented by renowned and highly acclaimed Rabbanim and speakers: Rabbi Shmuel Dishon, Rabbi Shmuel Yaakov Klein, Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff, Rabbi Baruch Rabinowitz, Rabbi Jonathan Rietti, Rabbi Y. Y. Rubinstein, Rabbi Fischel Schachter, and Rabbi Yosef Viener.
Two minyanim will be available for Mincha: the first at 2:00 p.m., and the second at 7:20 p.m. Maariv will begin at 9:10 p.m., concluding with Kiddush Levana and Havdalah. Refreshments will be served to break the fast.
For those who have attended these classic, emotionally charged and inspiring Tisha B’Av programs, perhaps the most heartening aspect is the broad spectrum and diversity of the Flatbush, Kensington, Borough Park and other communities in attendance. All are united by a mutual desire to mourn for the churban in a meaningful way and yearn that this Tisha B’Av will be our last. Lessons, insights and inspiration from the program reverberate in the hearts and minds of the participants throughout the year.
The program is open to men and women, with separate seating. Admission for the Mo’tzei Shabbos portion of the program is free. Admission on Sunday is $12 per person or $35 per family. Participants are asked to bring their own siddurim and Kinnos. For a detailed description and timeline of the program, please visit www.TorahConnectionsDonation.com.
This year, for the first time, the program will stream LIVE on www.Matzav.com. Sponsors for the program are welcome and much appreciated. For more information, please contact Dr. Aaron Mandel at (718) 998-5822 or visit www.TorahConnectionsDonation.com.