Tisha B’Av (the Ninth of Av) is a time of mourning the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem and the Exile of the Jewish people. The haunting melody of Eicha (the Book of Lamentations) and the kinot (songs of mourning and loss) that we sing help us “remember” these moments of destruction and loss. This time of fasting and reflection upon the repeated tragedies the Jewish people have overcome in our history is considered the nadir of the Jewish year.
For those who would like to attend services on Tisha B’Av day, please consider Bnai Jeshurun (BJ) in Manhattan. We are sure it will be quite meaningful. Their services are also virtual and listed on their website www.bj.org) with Shacharit 8am; Mincha 6pm and Maariv 8:15pm