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For matters relating to Young Israel cemetery, please contact the chairman of the cemetery committee, Shmuel Karper at 718-253-1950 (home) or 646-942-0176 (cell).

As he has in the past, RABBI PAYSACH KROHN will be speaking on the first night of Selichos, September 16. Rabbi Krohn will speak at 11:20 PM followed by Selichos at 12:50 AM.

THE SEUDA MAFSEKES- THE FINAL MEAL Halacha prescribes that the meal immediately preceding Tisha B’Av consists of a single cooked dish (usually a hard-boiled egg) with a piece of bread eaten while one sits on a low stool, similar to the first meal eaten by a mourner when beginning Shiva. Since it is difficult for most people today to fast after such a meager repast, the custom is to eat a substantial meal late in the afternoon, then daven Mincha, and afterwards eat the “halachic Seuda Mafsekes” which must be concluded by sunset - this year at 8:12.

When we return to shul after the Seuda Mafsekes all prohibitions of Tisha B’Av are already in effect since they began at sunset. We do not have marital relations, wear leather shoes (since most sneakers have a leather component, we must be particularly careful about footwear), bathe/shower, apply oil or perfume, or learn Torah except for topics related to Tisha B’Av. Hand washing up to the knuckles with cold water is permitted upon arising in the morning and after using the lavatory. One may use deodorant. Even though there is no obligation to sit on a low stool after midday (1:02 PM DST), the other prohibitions apply until the stars appear (8:56 PM on Tuesday this year.) Because the Beis Hamikdosh continued to burn until the tenth of Av, the restrictions of bathing, cutting hair and washing clothes remain in effect until after noontime on Wednesday (1:02 PM DST).

Young Israel tradition on Tisha B’Av is to daven Shacharis and then follow with the recitation of Kinos until as close to noon as the Halacha requires (1:02 PM). The reason for spending the entire morning in the recitation of Kinos is to maintain the theme of the day - the destruction of our Batei Mikdosh (Holy Temples) and Yerushalayim - in our minds. The Kinos include readings of mourning for the destruction of the Beis Hamikdosh and Yerushalayim as well as laments for the tragic events which have befallen our people in all generations including specific Kinos for the more recent Holocaust. In Young Israel the meaning and relevance of the various Kinos are explained during the readings. Participants who are not able to remain in shul until the conclusion of services are welcome to stay as long as their schedule permits. To add understanding and meaning to the Kinos we highly recommend reading from the ArtScroll edition.

Early Tisha B’Av Mincha Minyan Since morning services continue until halachic noon, YI conducts our Mincha minyan immediately following the recitation of Kinos. This minyan will start at approximately 1:50 PM after donning Talis and Tefillin beginning at 1:40 PM which is the earliest permissible time that day to put on Talis and Tefillin. If you plan to daven in the early Mincha minyan, please remember to bring your Talis and Tefillin to the morning service. There will not be a later Mincha minyan in Young Israel.

Our Sages teach that only a people that mourns for the destruction of Jerusalem will be privileged to see its rebuilding. Let us fervently hope and pray that next year, or even this year, we will finally merit to observe Tisha B’Av as a Yom Tov in Yerushalayim Habenuya.