Tisha B’Av is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates many tragedies throughout Jewish history, most significantly the destruction of the First Bais Hamikdosh in 586 BCE by the Babylonians and the destruction of the Second Bais Hamikdosh by the Romans in 70 CE.
Megillas Eichah, which mourns the destruction of Yerushalayim, is read in shul, followed by the recitation of Kinnos lamenting the loss of the Botei Mikdosh and Yerushalayim. The day has become one of mourning for all tragedies that have occurred to the Jewish people.
This Sunday, as we’ve done for almost a decade, Matzav.com will provide its many readers all over the globe with inspiring and penetrating programming that will help one tap into the depth of the day and the spirit of mourning that is to prevail.
With the Matzav.com exclusive programming, you will be able to remain in your residences wherever you are and utilize the time to contemplate the meaning of the day and the ways we can improve so that next year’s Tisha B’Av will be celebrated in Yerushalayim as a Yom Tov.
Throughout the day, Matzav.com will present videos, presentations, and other special features. You have come to rely on Matzav for Torah-true hashkafah, Torah-oriented news coverage, and continuous inspiration. One social critic has aptly described Matzav.com as “the online conscience of the Torah community.” You can count on Matzav once again to step in and provide the appropriate Tisha B’Av programming for your home.
The following are some of the special programming features that will be brought to you this Tisha B’Av here on Matzav.com. Stay tuned for additional features.
Ohr Somayach’s “Tish B’Av: Building with Tears”
The video presentation will feature poignant remarks from Rav Nota Schiller, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Ohr Somayach in Yerushalayim; Rav Dr. Yitzchak Breitowitz of Ohr Somayach; and Rav Dr. Dovid Gottlieb, senior lecturer and mekareiv at Ohr Somayach.
Be inspired, moved and uplifted as these three world renowned lecturers infuse meaning, inspiration and understanding into this day of mourning. Connect to the spirit of the day with topics such as ‘Rebuilding the Temple Within Our Souls’, ‘Finding the Tears’ and ‘The Irony and Paradox of Tisha B’Av.’
For more information or to arrange a showing in your shul, community or bungalow colony, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-216-4470
The Tenth Man: Project Inspire’s Fifth Annual Tisha B’Av Presentation
The Tenth Man. Who is he? Have you met him? Did you even notice his presence? Once again, Project Inspire will release a powerful and original Tisha B’av presentation that will shake us out of our complacency, transform our shul experience…our shopping experience….the way we view our neighbor down the road, our relatives, the checkout girl at the store.
Each year on Tisha B’av we learn about Kamtza and Bar Kamtza, about the actions that caused the churban. Each year we cry and pledge to redouble our efforts to love our fellow Jews.
And then time goes by and the lessons fade away.
Picture the following scene: You’re sitting in the Bais Medrash, shteiging away… absorbed in the timeless word of the Talmud. Your chavrusa is humming a sweet gemara niggun as you plumb the depths of the sugya. You’re in your own special bubble. Time, as you know it, ceases to exist.At the same time….
He’s standing just a few feet away from you, so close, yet so far. His eyes are full of longing as he takes in the scene. He’s waiting for someone to look up, to meet his eyes and smile. He’s yearning for a kind word, a handshake, even a friendly nod.But you’re busy, distracted. Trying to finish the daf. Rushing to pick up your son. He might as well have been invisible.
What happens next?
The Tenth Man: a New Beginning. With a special introduction by Rav Eytan Feiner, and a compelling story never told before, it promises to change your Tisha B’av, and transform your life.
Torah Connections Tisha B’Av Program in Brooklyn to Stream Live on Matzav.com
The Tisha B’Av Program of Brooklyn will be held this year in the heart of Flatbush at Yeshiva of Brooklyn, 1200 Ocean Parkway (corner Avenue L), Motzei Shabbos, July 25, and all day Sunday, July 26. This year, for the first time, the program will stream LIVE on www.Matzav.com.
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.
In-person info: 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.
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.
Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation Tisha B’Av Presentation
Each year, the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation Tisha B’Av Event focuses on new perspectives and practical actions that individuals can take to increase shalom in their personal lives and in the world. For more than two decades, the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation’s presentation has brought together Jews across the United States, throughout the world, and from all walks of life.
The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation’s Worldwide Tisha B’Av Event will feature two programs. Program A, “The Power to Yield,” will feature messages from Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky and Rabbi Gavriel Sassoon, with lectures by Rav Yisroel Reisman, Dayan Yonason Abraham and Rav Ephraim Eliyahu Shapiro, who will discuss the power of vatranus, bringing our strife-ridden world back beneath the Shechinah’s sheltering Presence. Program B will feature Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein, Rabbi Eli Mansour and Dr. David Lieberman.
Watch a preview of the event below:
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