Shabbat Chazon, which will be followed by Tisha B‘av, is only a short while away. I encourage everyone to attend services on Tisha B‘av evening and morning; you will find that the day and fast become much more meaningful if spent in shul, reciting kinnot and studying about the destruction.
Please note the following instructions for next Shabbat afternoon:
- Mincha is at 1:40 pm. There will be a light (dairy) luncheon and a guest lecture by Rabbi Herzl Hefter preceding Mincha.
- Seudah Shlishit (which is also the pre-fast meal) may consist of any food, including meat and wine, and must end by 8:04 pm.
- Recite “Baruch Hamavdil bein Kodesh L’chol“ at 8:51 pm. We will recite the blessing on fire in shul, and the rest of havdalah is recited over wine after the fast.
- Maariv and Eicha will commence at 9:30 pm. Driving is permitted, and please remember to wear non-leather shoes and to bring money for the tzedakah collection.
Sunday morning at 9:00 will be morning services, followed by the recitation of select Kinnot (elegies) explained and introduced by members of the Beth Abe community (until about 11:15).
In the afternoon beginning at 5:00 pm, we will watch and discuss the 2001 film Conspiracy (At the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942, senior Nazi officials meet to determine the manner in which the so-called “Final Solution to the Jewish Question” can be best implemented).