Tisha B’Av, from Lamentations to Renewed Hope

Shalom from the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Come welcome Shabbat on Friday, July 16 at 5:45 pm, continuing the early start time of our summer services. This is Simcha Shabbat, with special blessings for all those celebrating birthdays, anniversaries or other happy occasions in the month of July. Rabbi Alicia Magal will lead the service followed by traditional blessings over wine/juice, and challah bread, and refreshments sponsored by Shirley and Wayne Grossman in honor of Shirley’s birthday.

Torah study on Saturday morning, July 17, begins at 11 a.m. on the D’varim, chapters 1-3:22 in the Book of Deuteronomy, beginning Moses’ farewell speeches to Israel before his death. He used his remaining strength to review the people’s history, emphasize the importance of fair governing, and remind the people of the times they rebelled and lost faith during the long route of wandering in the desert. In the continuing portions he will speak poetically of the rewards that will come to Israel for keeping faith and observing the laws of Torah. The Haftarah - prophetic reading - this week is from Isaiah 1:1-27, giving this Shabbat its special name, Shabbat Hazon - Sabbath of Vision, the third of three weeks of Admonition leading up to Tisha B’Av. Torah study will be followed by a dairy/vegetarian potluck luncheon.

Monday, July 19, Erev Tisha B’Av, the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av, traditionally begins a day of mourning and fasting in commemoration of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem as well as other days of destruction and dispersion throughout history on that date. Our service will begin at 7 pm, including chanting from the Book of Eicha, Lamentations. From this low point of the year, we begin our ascent of hope and renewal.

Wednesday, July 21, 8:30 am, all are welcome to participate in our egalitarian morning minyan for a mid-week spiritual uplift amidst the gorgeous red-rock views from our sanctuary. At 7 pm, Rabbi Levertov of Phoenix continues his engaging class on the Ethics of the Sages and the portion of the week, offered on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

The JCSVV is a welcoming congregation, unaffiliated with a particular stream of Judaism. The synagogue is located off State Route 179 just south of the Chapel Road roundabout. For more information call 204-1286 or visit www.jcsvv.org.

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