Although Tisha B’Av is a dark day in the Jewish year, a day of mourning and remembrance of suffering and the dead, it is also a day that gives expression to what Rabbi Leo Baeck called the ‘eternal optimism’ of the Jewish people. We still put our hope in the force of goodness, in our belief that as God has compassion and concern for the world and all its creatures, so too must we learn greater compassion and decency, greater concern and love to be able to live with hope for the future and to be the best possible individuals we can be.
When Liberal Jews and synagogues mark Tisha B’Av they often commemorate other catastrophies and tragedies in Jewish history, alongside the destruction of the Temples.
Liberal Judaism affirms that the modern synagogue is a much greater and inspiring institution for worship.
As the date of Tisha B’Av falls at the height of the summer, it is often marked by LJY-Netzer on summer events which overlap with the festival.