Tisha B'Av

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Tomorrow night is the beginning of Tisha B'Av, the Jewish holiday dedicated to mourning the calamities that our communities have suffered through the generations. From the destruction of the holy temple in Jerusalem to pogroms to genocide, we come together to reflect, fast, and lament all that was lost, all that was taken.

May our mourning push us to ensure that these injustices never happen again. May our tears be the seeds for a better world. And may we do the work to make it so.

We will be marking Tisha B'Av by hosting a virtual screening and discussion of 40 Days of Teshuvah, a film by The Inside Out Wisdom and Action (IOWA) Project and filmmaker Hannah Roodman. This short film weaves together a story of bringing Jewish spiritual practice into the fight for racial justice.

The film follows Yehudah Webster and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) as they protested for 40 days culminating with Tisha B'Av. This protest came to being after the murder of George Floyd and the racial justice uprising in 2020. For 40 Days, organizers cried out to the heavens, blew the shofar, and mourned the destruction of black and brown bodies at the hands of the racist systems that exist today.

Following the screening, we'll join together in a discussion around the themes and spiritual tools present in the film, and share ideas around how Jewish spiritual practices can be integrated into our own efforts for repair and justice.

 

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