OU to host two live kinot sessions for Tisha B’Av
This year the Orthodox Union (OU) will not only focus its Tisha B’Av programming on the traditional themes surrounding the destruction of both temples and other historical tragedies, but will also mourn the recent worldwide tragedies that have affected the Jewish community.
The OU will hold the first of two annual Tisha B’Av programs on Sunday, July 18 at 1:00 a.m.CDT live from the Seymour J. Abrams Jerusalem World Center. The second program will be broadcast live at 8 a.m. CDT from Congregation Keter Torah in Teaneck, NJ.
Both sessions will be available online at www.ou.org/tishabav.
The sessions will also be available for in-person attendance, free of charge to the public, but will follow current local COVID-19 guidelines for religious gatherings.
The early session from Israel will feature author and lecturer Rabbi Menachem Nissel, who will address “Sowing Seeds with Tears.”
The second session from Teaneck will be led by author and lecturer Rabbi Steven Weil, who will focus on “A Covenant that has Transcended the Millenia.”
Regular CCJN columnist, OU executive vice president emeritus Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb’s shiur will be available all day.
Titled “Ever to Remember, Never to Despair,” Rabbi Weinreb will explore the recent tragedies that have befallen the Jewish community internationally— including the collapse in Meron, rocket attacks in Israel, the Surfside condominium collapse and other calamities. The lecture will connect these disasters to the themes of the kinot and discuss grief and mourning from Torah and psychological perspectives.
Rabbi Weinreb’s shiur will also feature American Sign Language (ASL) translation facilitated by Yachad, the OU’s leading organization for individuals with disabilities in the Orthodox community.
“Our sages tell us that we are directed to spend the day of Tisha B’Av reflecting on the destruction of two Holy Temples, and other communal tragedies which have occurred throughout our time in the exile,” said Orthodox Union executive vice president Rabbi Moshe Hauer.
“The mourning of Tisha B’Av is communal and doing so together is core to its observance,” Rabbi Hauer continued. “This Tisha B’Av we look back on the past two millennia as well as the tragedies that have taken place in our community over the last 18 months and hope that we will come together to mourn as a community and remind ourselves of the redemption that we confidently anticipate and pray for.”