I did not grow up in a very observant household. Growing up there was no mention of any holidays between Shavuot and Rosh HaShana. And we barely even heard of Shavuot. I have grown much in my observance since Froggy was born and continue to grow and learn.
For the first time ever, I was able to attend Shul and hear Lamentations read for Tish B'Av. It was a very beautiful service and a very moving experience. For the service, everyone sits on the floor or low stools and the lights are dimmed to help achieve the proper sense of mourning.
Our rabbi ran a study session during the afternoon on the differences between the communal mourning of Tish B'Av and the more personal mourning of Yom Kippur. It was a fascinating comparison and a participating in the discussion really helped continue that sense of community that started with Ma'ariv.
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