Celebrate Tisha B'Av: The Jewish Day of Remembrance
Observing holidays becomes so much more meaningful when shared with loved ones. At Beverly Hills Carmel, our strong Jewish community means you have plenty of opportunities to remember with family and friends. The Jewish day of mourning and remembrance, Tisha B'Av, provides Jewish people with a link to their past as they participate in the traditional mourning and preparation.
History of Tisha B'Av
The three-week period of intense mourning that leads up to Tisha B'Av is a remembrance of the many tragedies that began in Jerusalem with the destruction of both sacred Temples. Beginning at sundown on July 21, 2018, Tisha B'Av is preceded by Bayn Ha-Metsarim, a period referred to as "in the Straits" during which Jews restrict their activities to a great extent. The celebration may begin as a day of mourning but ends with a feeling of resilience and even joy as Jews gained the strength to overcome the tragedies in their past.
Observing Tisha B'Av
After the stronger mourning period of nine days leading up to Tisha B'Av, individuals are restricted from washing clothes, eating meat or cutting their hair. Tisha B'Av is a day of full fasting, with the last meal being eaten before sunset on the day before. Traditionally, this meal is made of round foods to symbolize the circle of life or perhaps bread sprinkled with ashes. Leather clothing is not permitted to be worn, and even study of the Torah is restricted. Exceptions include the Scroll of Lamentations, Megillat Eicha, as well as dirges and elegies that were composed at various times in Jewish History. Prayer shawls (Tallit) and phylacteries (tefillin) are generally worn during afternoon services while prayers are recited.
The unique and mournful tone of Tisha B’Av includes sitting on the floor or low benches in the morning, as well as dimmed lights and candles in the evening services. Themes of destruction and tragedy are instigated by the rabbi, with special mourning prayers included in the overall theme of mourning. Afternoon services begin to bring in more hopeful feelings of joy and redemption. The afternoon Mincha service is meant to have a more comforting tone with the final evening service indicating the breaking of the day-long fast.
At Beverly Hills Carmel, our staff is always looking for ways to respectfully support various cultures in meaningful times such as Tisha B'Av. Remembering your past through this significant time allows for a deeper connection with loved ones throughout the ages. Learn more about becoming part of the gracious and elegant Beverly Hills Carmel retirement community by contacting us today to schedule an appointment. Our services and amenities include daily High Tea and housekeeping services, fitness classes and 4-course Kosher meals served in our lovely dining rooms.