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Temple Har Zion observed Tisha b’Av with a powerful, interactive service reflecting on the state of the world, opening our hearts to the pain and suffering of all, and looking for hope and ways to commit acts of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) Monday, July 31, at 8 p.m. With the Ark draped in black, we gathered around a symbolic representation of the rubble and burning embers of the Holy Temple, and the Rivers of Babylon. We chanted and read selections from the Book of Lamentations and poems of mourning; we also meditated, and wrote letters to ourselves that Rabbi Tiferet will mail to us at a later date of our choice.

We ended the service by chanting Olam Chesed Yibaneh, which will also be part of High Holiday services: