Ahead of the Jewish fast day, Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will host a study session with the joint participation of Rabbis and leaders of different streams of the Jewish community,
The event, held in partnership with the Jewish People Policy Institute, will focus on the importance of Jewish unity.
The day marks the destruction of the second temple and other tragedies that occurred through Jewish history, the Hebrew date falls out on Saturday, July 25, but the fast will be held on the following day, Sunday, July 26.
”In recent weeks there have been several incidents which have highlighted difficulties in the relationship between the various streams in Judaism, and the State of Israel,” a statement by the President’s office stated.
“At this important time, the Office of the President, together with the Jewish People Policy Institute, has initiated an event to bring together the communities of the Jewish people in an atmosphere of mutual respect, and of learning and studying, to discuss the importance of Jewish unity and the need to work together to build understanding and respect.”
President Rivlin will be speaking at the event, along with Rabbi Meir Azari of the Daniel Center for Progressive Judaism in Tel Aviv; Rabbi Benny Lau of Jerusalem’s Ramban Community and head of the 929 Torah Study Initiative; Rabbi Chaya Rowen-Baker of the Ramot Tzion community in Jerusalem; and Dr. Motti Zeira, director of HaMidrasha at Oranim College. The event will be chaired by Dr. Einat Wilf, of the Jewish People Policy Institute.