OU’s Tisha b’Av program to address recent tragedies
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OU’s Tisha b’Av program to address recent tragedies

The Orthodox Union’s 20th annual Tisha b’Av program, set to air on Sunday, July 18, will focus on the traditional themes surrounding the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem and other historical tragedies, and also will mourn the worldwide tragedies that have affected the Jewish community recently.

Making kinot available live online has been a hallmark of the OU’s Torah programming for more than two decades. As the OU continues to adjust its Tisha b’Av programming to fit a changing world, this year it will feature two live kinot sessions, the first from the OU’s Seymour J. Abrams Jerusalem World Center beginning at 9 a.m. Israel Daylight Time. The second will broadcast live at 9 a.m. from Congregation Keter Torah in Teaneck. Both sessions are also open to in-person attendance, following local covid-19 guidelines for religious gatherings. They also will be streamed live online at ou.org/tishabav.

The session broadcasting from Israel will be led by renowned author and lecturer Rabbi Menachem Nissel, who will address “Sowing Seeds with Tears” and will focus on the kinot that are most applicable today. The session broadcasting from Teaneck will be led by renowned author and lecturer Rabbi Steven Weil, who will focus on “A Covenant that has Transcended the Millenia,” a reflection on the tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people throughout history.

Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, OU’s executive vice president emeritus, will record a shiur. “Ever to Remember, Never to Despair,” that will be available all day. It will explore the recent tragedies that have befallen the Jewish community internationally, including the collapse in Meron, rocket attacks in Israel, and the Surfside condominium collapse. The lecture will connect the disasters to the themes of the kinot and discuss grief and mourning from Torah and psychological perspectives; it will conclude with words of inspiration and hope. Rabbi Weinreb’s shiur will also feature ASL translation facilitated by Yachad, the OU’s leading organization for people with disabilities in the Orthodox community.

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