Congregation Tiferet Israel 
Austin, TX
9 Av 5782 -- August 6, 2022
What's the Spiel?
Erev Tisha B'Av - Shabbat Chazon - Parshat Devarim
Schedule of Services
at B'nai Abraham
We encourage everyone to daven privately when unable to attend services. Use the private time to connect to Hashem. Public prayer definitely adds to our prayer experience. Yet we also have the capacity to create a profoundly meaningful private experience with the Divine. Let us seek such an experience in the coming days.  
Friday Night

Candle Lighting
No later than 8:03 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat
7:30 PM

Shabbat and Tisha b’Av Service Schedule 5782

Shabbat Devarim (8/6)

Shacharit: 9:00 AM

Kid's Service: 10:30 AM
Please Daven Mincha at Home due to Heat Concerns. Seudah Shelishit at Home

Fast Begins: 8:20 PM

Shabbat Ends: 8:59 PM

Maariv/Eicha/Kinnot: 9:20 PM

Tisha b’Av Day (8/7)

Shacharit and Selected Kinnot: 8:30 AM

Adult Learning with Dr. Jake Wolfson: 5:00 – 6:15 PM
“Simon Wiesenthal, Eva Kor, and the Controversies Over Using Forgiveness Scenarios to Approach the Holocaust”

Mincha: 6:30 PM

Shiur with Rabbi Belsky: 7:15 – 8:20 PM
“Beyond Baseless Hatred”

Maariv: 8:25 PM

Fast Ends: 8:48 PM

Monday-Friday Shacharit: 7:05 AM

Thank you Amnon & Elaine Orent for sponsoring Kiddush in honor of his parents, Tzvi & Lottie Orent, who helped them to escape the Holocaust.
Laws and Customs of Tish‘a b-Av

This weekend, we reach the peak (or nadir) of this period of mourning for the destruction of the two Temples, the dissolution of Jewish life in our homeland, and all the tragedies of Jewish history. Because this year the 9th of Av falls out on Shabbat, all observances are pushed off to the next day, and no restrictions take effect until the fast begins at sunset, 8:20 PM on Saturday evening. Once Shabbat ends at 8:59 PM, we recite the fundamental blessing of Havdalah, “Barukh Hammavdil bein kodesh le-hhol" (the rest of Havdalah is postponed until after the fast), and change to non-leather shoes.

The 5 primary prohibitions of Tish‘a b-Av are the same as Yom Kippur:
• No eating or drinking (however, if fasting would endanger your health, it is a mitzvah to eat)
• No bathing
• No anointing with oils or lotions (except for medical purposes)
• No wearing leather shoes
• No intimate relations or contact

Additionally, we follow the practices of mourners during shiva, lessening our joy by:
• Not greeting each other 
• Not learning Torah, except for texts relevant to the Destruction 
• Sitting low to the floor 
(Restrictions on learning and seating end at midday, 1:37 PM)

Because the fast begins before Shabbat ends, someone who needs to eat or drink during Tish‘a b-Av should complete Havdalah before doing so, by reciting the full main blessing of Havdalah ("Hammavdil...") over a beverage. Similarly, for those who are fasting, Havdalah is made after the fast is over, consisting only of "Borei pri haggafen" and "Hammavdil".

Those who normally wear tallit and tefillin do not do so for shahharit Tish‘a b-Av morning, instead waiting to put them on for minhha.

Because Tish‘a b-Av is pushed off to the 10th of Av this year, most customary restrictions of the Nine Days and the Three Weeks end when the fast ends Sunday night. However, many refrain from eating meat, drinking wine, or enjoying music until the following day.

After the 70 years of the Babylonian Exile, the fast days commemorating the Destruction of the First Beit Hamikdash became celebrations of restoration during the Second Temple Period, in accordance with the prophecy of Zekharya; but they were reinstituted by our Sages in mourning after the Second Destruction. We pray for and aspire to a world in which once again, “the fast of the fourth month (Tammuz), the fast of the fifth month (Av), the fast of the seventh month (Tishrey: Tzom Gedalya), and the fast of the tenth month (Teiveit) will be joy and celebration for the House of Judah, for holidays, loving truth and peace.” (Trey-‘Asar, Zekharya 8:19) 
CTI Announcements
Simon Wiesenthal, Eva Kor, and the Controversies Over Using Forgiveness Scenarios to Approach the Holocaust
Presented by J.E. Wolfson, PhD
Description: What happens when a survivor puts to the public the question of whether a perpetrator of the Holocaust deserves to be forgiven? Or when another survivor gives a press conference on the grounds of Auschwitz to proclaim on behalf of the murdered 6 million that all perpetrators are hereby granted absolution? Such are the controversial scenarios respectively submitted by famed “Nazi hunter” Simon Wiesenthal and youngest surviving “Mengele twin” Eva Mozes Kor.

This presentation will examine the ethical implications of how and why the two survivors attempted to shape Holocaust discourse along lines of forgiveness, as well as what sorts of responses they garnered from within and without the Jewish community. The legacies of Wiesenthal and Kor remain impactful today, when their books continue to be used for Holocaust instruction in many American classrooms.
Bio: Dr. J.E. Wolfson serves as Director of Education for the Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission and frequently presents for educator professional development programs, K-12 and college campuses, community groups, and academic conferences. He earned his PhD under the direction of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at UT-Dallas, where he was the first recipient of the Belofsky Fellowship in Holocaust Studies.A certified teacher with several years of classroom experience, he formerly taught students at public schools, Jewish day schools, and universities. His recent publication in the Humanities special issue, “The Literary Response to the Holocaust”, is named Feature Paper for representing “the most advanced research with significant potential for high impact in the field.”

Operation Todah Texas Makes an Impact on the Border
Dear CTI and Shalom Austin Jewish community,

This week, Rabbi Dan delivered your thoughtful and meaningful cards to our Texas Airmen “on the points.” Upon receiving his card, one Airman, who has been on several previous deployments, commented, “These kinds of things make the biggest difference.” Rabbi Dan presented your letters to our service members, explaining, “On behalf of the Jewish community of Austin, I wish to thank you for your service. Please know that the Jewish community of Austin is thinking about you and your families. We’re praying for your safety and wellbeing, and we are so grateful for your sacrifice.” The Airmen were so happy to hear these words, and so glad to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers.
Thank you, CTI, Shalom Austin, and the broader Jewish community of Austin for taking the time to make such a powerful difference in the lives of our Texas service members. Please continue to daven for our brave Texas Airmen and Soldiers. Please continue to daven for their safety and health, as well as the safety and health of their families. The simplest things make the biggest difference. Thank you for making that difference!

Tehillim Class, 7 PM Mondays (on Zoom)

Many people find solace in times of pain or stress by reciting Psalms, but even greater depths of meaning can be found in studying and analyzing the words of the holy poems themselves. In Rabbi Belsky’s Tehillim class, we unpack the poetry and imagery of the psalms, gaining a greater understanding of this book, which includes within it the full range of human experience, and has sustained our religious lives as Jews for millennia.

Recordings of previous classes can be found at
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Classes currently on hold. Watch for when classes will resume.

CTI is virtually open for all classes! Attend online with video and audio, or join through phone call alone. Visit for more information on how to join these exciting classes:

TYT Tuesday Night 

The Book of Judges
Tuesday 7:00pm

The Book of Judges teaches us about unexpected and underestimated spiritual and political leadership. Prior to the establishment of the Jewish monarchy, the nation was constantly enmeshed in fighting foreign enemies, spiritual and moral backsliding, oppression, as well as tribal in-fighting. It was a vicious cycle. The Judges came about in order to resolve these political, spiritual and moral issues and to set the people on the right track. Who were the Judges of Israel? How were they chosen, and why? While names like Shimshon, Devorah, Gidon and Yeftach may be familiar, their stories, complex personalities and murky legacies require a great deal of study. In this brand new TYT series, we will explore the life and times of the Judges of Israel – who they were, what they did, and what their contributions to Jewish history are all about. You won’t want to miss out on learning about these early leaders of the Jewish people, whose stories and personalities are as captivating as their contributions to the Jewish people are timeless. 

TYT Wednesday Mornings 

The Book of Second Samuel
Wednesday 8:15am

Come and join the TYT community and learn about the life and times of King David! II Samuel explores how a young David establishes both his kingdom and his kingship. Despite great promise, potential and ability, David is nevertheless beset by external and internal enemies, fighting both physical and spiritual wars. Come and see how David struggles to unite a broken and battered kingdom, establish a capital city and win the support of his people, while at the same time, striving to remain true to God’s Torah and lead a righteous life. No longer the ruddy youth, playing the harp and running for his life, II Samuel takes us through the long journey of David’s maturation process, omitting nothing, all the while exploring larger questions of morality, repentance, power and politics. While we extol David as one of the greatest Jewish heroes and leaders of all time, this book will frame his life and story in its proper context, look under the surface, and examine the complex personality of King David! This class meets each Wednesday morning, except of Jewish holidays, at 8:15am. 

Mishne Torah k'Seder Friday Mornings

Mishne Torah k'Seder
Friday 8:15am

Come and join Rabbi Dan on Friday mornings at 8:15am for an in-depth exploration of the Rambam's Mishne Torah. This class will go through the Rambam's classic work on halakha (Jewish law), in a way which both engages and transforms the reader on a spiritual and intellectual level. Why did the Rambam write the Mishne Torah? What was he trying to achieve? How does the Rambam's interpretation of Jewish law, theology, history and culture differ from his rabbinic contemporaries who also wrote comprehensive Jewish legal works? What were some of the great disputes this work sparked, and why? You don't want to miss out on this great opportunity to learn what the Mishne Torah is all about.
Questions? Suggestions? Interested in Volunteering? Please contact our Committee Chairpersons. 

Finance Committee: Larry Smith
Fundraising Committee: Daniel Ledeen
Bylaws Committee: Jay Rubin
Education Committee: Sarah Wander
Membership Committee: Alana Pompa
Chesed Committee: Lynn Kane
Kiddush Committee: Henna Tatham
Ritual Committee: Eric Shapiro
For those new to the community, check out this introductory video 
featuring Rabbi Dan and a few of our wonderful CTI community members! 

Keren Brickman on August 6

Matan Brickman on August 6

Darby Arshawsky on August 6

Kendra Fox on August 7

Derreck DaSilva on August 12

Stephan Epstein on August 12


Sean & Meredith Clifford on August 11

If you have any birthdays or anniversaries you would
like to add, please update your profile on our website.

Yahrzeit Remembrances

Simon Glosser, Father-in-law of Betty Glosser, on Sunday 10 Av

Ruth Stavchansky, Wife of Salomon Stavchansky, on Tuesday 12 Av

May their souls be bound up in the bond of life.

If you have a Yahrzeit that you would like the congregation to acknowledge, or if you have a correction that needs to be made, please update your profile on our website.

Thank you to our anonymous donors.

Thank you to Jay Rubin for his aliyah donation.

Thank you to Jan Gould for his aliyah donation.


We encourage you to use electronic payments by credit card or eCheck through CTI's website at when fulfilling the mitzvah of giving Tzedakah to mark family events and milestones, including Yahrzeits, and in honor of CTI and our community. 

Spiel sponsorships are now available for a donation of $18. Advertise your business or dedicate an issue of the spiel in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a Simcha. Contact admin for more details. 

Donations can be made via our website at, by pressing "Make a Donation" in the sidebar, using the "Donate to CTI" button on the top left of this email, or by sending your check to: Tiferet Israel P.O. Box 27254, Austin, TX 78755. Please make check payable to Tiferet Israel and please indicate what the donation is for. 
Refuah Shelayma to: 
  • Allene Novy-Portnoy; Hannah Bassa bat Sarah Osnat 
  • Avshalom ben Hannah Bassa
  • Cindy Newman 
  • Janet Goldberg; Shayna Masha bat Chasha Mina
  • Ken Friedman
  • Rebecca Millner; Rivkah bat Shoshana
  • Sheina Ruchel bat Henya Leah
  • Tzvi David ben Rivka Golda
  • Yoel Simcha ben Chaya Risha 
  • Sulta bat Nedgma
  • Zvi Aharon ben Bayla
  • Yaira bat Sarah
  • Tamar bat Chaya
  • Ilana bat Gheita
  • HaRav Avram Meir ben Eli Yosef v'Shira Chanah.
  • Rabbi Harold Liebowitz, Ha Rav Chaim Alter ben Necha. 
  • Baruch Akiva Ben Rivka
  • Miriam bat Helen
  • Rivka Michal bat Sarah Chana
  • Lori Garza 
  • Yisroel Natan ben Sarah
  • Masha Gitil bas Chaya Yita
  • Allen Levinson; Avraham Yitzchak ben Gittel
  • Shoshana bat Yocheved
  • Miriam bat Rachel v'Mordechai
  • Alta Shoshana bat Shulamit
  • Meir Psachia ben Tziril
  • Geni Berman Abitbol
  • Beilya Golda bat Leah
  • Yosef Yehoshua ben Sarah
  • Jonathan Malawer (Yosef ben Bracha)
  • Bowie Alarcon
  • Fivel ben Sarah HaLevi
  • Adam ben Chanah
  • Rafael ben Sheindal Leah
  • Aharon Asher ben Chaya Naomi
  • Esther Malka Fraida bat Serel Chaya Raiza
  • Kalev Boaz Chai ben Aliza
  • Esther Reva bat Malka
  • Avraham ben Rut
  • Peter Janson, Fievel ben Devorah
  • Sheva Eva bat Bella.
  • Dorit Iken, Dorit Chana bat Orah
  • Moshe ben Rut
  • Shulkah Malka bat Tziporah
  • Yehudit bat Sara
  • Chandal bat Basia
  • Shmuel Dovid bat Malka
  • Anthony Ben Devorah
  • Shayna Leah bat Yehudit
 Wishing all Cholei Yisrael a Refuah Shlayma. 

Dear Tiferet Friends, 
If you placed a name on the Refuah Shelayma list and G-d willing the person is well, 
please let us know. Also, if you have a friend or family member who needs 
prayers for healing, again please let us know at  
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