The annual Tisha B’Av Program of Brooklyn will, be’ezras Hashem, be held in Ateres Chynka, 129 Elmwood Avenue (near McDonald Avenue and Avenue I), Motzoi Shabbos, July 28 and on Sunday, July 29.
For more than 25 years, Torah Connections has organized the Brooklyn Tisha B’Av Program together with a smaller lecture program on the 17 of Tammuz that has inspired thousands of members of the community to focus on the significance of the Three Weeks. At this time, Klal Yisroel mourns the loss of the two Batei Mikdosh in Yerushalayim (Temples in Jerusalem) and other related tragedies that have befallen our nation such as the Crusades, the Expulsion from Spain, the Holocaust and more recently the terrorist attacks against our brethren in Eretz Yisroel.
The program begins with Maariv at 9:55 P.M. on Motzoi Shabbos, July 28. Participants should bring their own Siddurim & Kinos. After the reading of Megillas Eichah, At 10:45 P.M. Rav Dovid Goldwasser, Rav of K’hal Bnai Yitzchok will address the topic “Inspiration for the Loneliest Night of the Year.”
The program will resume the following morning with Shacharis at 8 A.M. Those participating are again requested to bring their own Siddurim and Kinos. At 9 A.M. Rabbi Efraim Levine will give an introduction to the Kinos and offer explanations of selected Kinos.
Rabbi Shmuel Yaakov Klein, of Torah Umesorah will talk at 1 P.M. Others lecturing during the afternoon of Tisha B’Av will include Rav Noach Orlowek, Mashgiach Ruchni in Yeshiva Torah Ore, Yerushalayim at 2:45 P.M., Rav Moshe Tuvia Lieff, of Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyomin at 3:45 P.M., Rav Yaakov Horowitz of the Telzer Minyan in Boro Park at 4:45 P.M., Rav Yosef Veiner of Kehilas Shaar HaSamayim in Monsey at 5:45 P.M., Rav Mattisyahu Salomon, Mashgiach Ruchni of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood at 6:45 P.M, Rav Nosson Scherman, General Editor of ArtScroll at 7:20 P.M and Rabbi Jonathan Rietti, director of Mishkan Yecheskel at 8:10 P.M.
There will be two minyanim for Mincha, the first at 2 P.M. and the second (upstairs) at 7:20 P.M. Maariv will begin at 9:10 P.M. with Kiddush Levana and Havdalah. Refreshements will be served for those who want to break the fast.
For anyone who has attended these classic Tisha B’Av programs, perhaps the most heartening aspect is that the program attracts a broad spectrum of Klal Yisroel. The range of headwear demonstrates the diversity of those who come, united by a mutual desire to make this the last Tisha B’Av that the Jewish people will ever have to mourn the loss of our Beis Hamikdosh in Yerushalayim.
The program is open to men and women, with separate seating. Saturday night is free. Admission on Sunday is $12 per person or $35 per family. Outside of Brooklyn, the program will be broadcast live at group locations nationwide by the Torah Conferencing Network. For more information or if you would like to help subsidize the costs of running these programs, please call (718) 998-5822 or email firstname.lastname@example.org