EREV TISH'A B'AV SERVICE Sunday, August 11 | 10:00 am
"Tzion, will you not ask after the well-being of your captive sons? For they, the remainder of your flock constantly enquire after your welfare. From every direction, from west, east, north and south, you receive messages of peace. You also receive greetings from those who are full of hope for you, who shed tears that flow like the dew on Mount Hermon, and who yearn to shed tears on your hills." Maharam M. Rottenberg, circa 1242
These haunting words were written by Rabbi Rottenberg in response to the burning of the Talmud and other Jewish books in Paris. As is common in Jewish tradition, elegies such as these are often included with the liturgy and study on Tisha B'Av (9th day of the month of Av), the day of mourning marking some of the great tragedies in Judaism, most especially the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem.