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Tisha B’Av is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates many tragedies hroughout 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.
Motzoei Shabbos and Sunday, Matzav.com is your destination.
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.
Torah Connections has for more than 30 years organized all-day Tisha B’Av programs in Brooklyn, where men and women can listen to powerfully inspiring lectures and divrei chizuk relating to mourning the major national tragedies of the Jewish people.
The program will stream live here on the Matzav.com home page.
The actual program will be held at the Yeshiva of Brooklyn (Boys Division, 1200 Ocean Parkway, corner of Avenue L). It will begin this Motzoei Shabbos, August 13, with Maariv at 9:30. After Maariv and the reading of Eichah and Kinnos, Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser, rov of K’hal Bnai Yitzchok, will speak at 10:30 p.mThere will be no admission fee for the Motzei Shabbos program.
On Sunday morning, the program will resume at 8 a.m. with At 9 a.m. Kinnos will be recited explained and elucidated until 1:00 p.m.
On Sunday afternoon, following Kinnos, lectures and divrei chizuk will be delivered by Rabbi Tzvi Mordechai Feldheim, menahel of Yeshiva Toras Chaim in Denver at 1 p.m.; Rabbi Daniel Glatstein, rov of Kehillas Ahavas Yisroel in Cedarhurst at 2:45 p.m.; Rabbi Yosef Viener, rov of Kehillas Shaar Hashamayin in Monsey at 3:30 p.m.; Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff, rov of Agudath Yisroel Bais Binyomin at 4:20 p.m.; Rabbi Shmuel Yaakov Klein, Director of Publications at Torah Umesorah at 5:10 P.M.; Rabbi Eliyahu Meir Klugman, rov of Bais Medrash L’Torah U’Tefilla in Yerushalayim at 6 p.m.; Rabbi Shmuel Dishon, menahel of Mosdos Yad Yisroel Karlin-Stolin at 6:50 p.m.; and Rabbi Fischel Schachter, maggid shiur at Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, at 7:50 p.m. Times and speakers are subject to change.
For those watching online, donations may be made with either PayPal or credit card. Checks may be made out to: “Jewish Mobilization Committee” and mailed to 1421 East 10th Street, Brooklyn, NY.
Sponsorships opportunities are still available and needed to help cover the cost of running this program. For more information or to learn about dedication opportunities, call 718.998.5822 or visit http://torahconnectionsdonation.com.
Matzav.com is the chareidi world’s most popular news site. Torah Anytime is the chareidi world’s most popular Torah site. These two online giants will be teaming up this Tisha B’Av to provide you with quality, uplifting, inspiring programming.
Torah Anytime is an organization started by two brothers from Queens, New York, who saw a need for their friends and family to be able to watch lectures given in their community. Torah Anytime records Torah lectures given around the world and uploads the footage online for the whole world to watch, free of charge.
Rebuilding with Tears is a brand new inspirational film of mini-lectures from Ohr Somayach that will be shown this Tisha B’Av.
This film features Ohr Somayach luminaries: rosh hayeshiva Rabbi Nota Schiller, rov of Kehillos Ohr Somayach Rabbi Dr. Yitzchak Breitowitz and senior lecturers Rabbi Dr. Dovid Gottlieb and Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz. Be inspired, moved and uplifted as these world renowned lecturers infuse meaning, inspiration and understanding into this day of mourning. Connect to the spirit of the day with this all-new presentation that is being offered free of charge. For more information, email email@example.com or call 908.216.4470.
This Tisha B’Av, watch how success can come in unexpected and unconventional ways. Project Inspire will present an all new and original Tisha B’Av film exploring what really constitutes a “successful” kiruv experience. Through real life stories and remarks by Rav Hillel David and insights from Rav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, The Formula shows the secret ingredient to ahavas Yisroel and any successful kiruv interaction.
The Tisha B’Av Talk Show, hosted by Charlie Harary and Project Inspire Staff, will be streamed live in Brooklyn from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Congregation Ateres Shlome, located at 2905 Avenue K in Brooklyn, NY. Can’t make it in person? Come online and watch it live in the comfort of your own home on Matzav.com or at www.projectinspire.com.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646.291.6191.
Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation Tisha B’Av Presentation 5776
Bringing Healing and Shalom to Jews Across the Globe
The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation Tisha B’Av Event has become a powerful force in healing rifts and stopping feuds in communities throughout the world. It is not only the inspiration for people torn by estrangement and machlokes to make shalom, but the actual venue for many of these reconciliations as well.
Gathering together with fellow Jews in 700 sites, in 16 countries around the world, gives special power to the speakers’ inspiring yet sensible words. People who have been harboring a little grudge have sought each other out after the event. Sometimes they say “I’m sorry.” Sometimes they just give that extra-friendly smile that lets the other person know the air is clear between them.
“Nothing brings home a real feeling of ahavas Yisroel like being together with other Jews, and knowing that all over the world, Jews are hearing the same words,” says one attendee. “There’s a real sense of purpose people have when they leave the Event.”
This year, that sense of purpose is summarized by the Event’s title: “Opening the Door: The Power of Ahavas Yisrael to Unlock the Geulah.” The message will be brought home in two different programs, each featuring world-renowned speakers.
Both programs will bring attendees the heartfelt words of Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, the Philadelphia rosh yeshiva and rabbinic advisor of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation, as well as Rav Yitzchok Dovid Grossman, founder and dean of Migdal Ohr.
Program A presents Rabbi Paysach Krohn and Rabbi Yissocher Frand. Program B presents Rabbi Y.Y. Jacobson and Rabbi Warren Goldstein.
Through words, warmth and shining example, the programs are certain to open hearts and increase the flow of ahavas Yisroel all around the world. But perhaps the most powerful inspiration is the feeling of being there, part of a gathering of Jews whose very presence expresses the longing to come together and finally reclaim the ties that bind us together as one family.
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