Destruction as a Gateway to Change: Tisha B’Av

Kim Oswalt

Destruction as a Gateway to Change: Tisha B’Av
ST. LOUIS, MO, July 14 – Tisha B’Av commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem – traditionally a time of mourning for the Jewish community. But destruction can often also serve as a necessary catalyst for change. All are invited to join Rabbi Andrea Goldstein for a spiritual exploration of Tisha B’Av and the power of destruction in our lives and world on Monday, July 31, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m at Congregation Shaare Emeth.

“We often associate destruction with all things negative,” says Rabbi Goldstein. “But destruction can also be a gateway to the creation of something new.” Traditionally, the observance of Tisha B’Av is marked by an aura of sadness. The atmosphere for this year’s event, however, will be one of reflection, introspection and hope.

The evening will consist of text study, music and meditation. No prior knowledge or experience is required. Those who attend can hope to leave with a renewed understanding of Tisha B’Av and the relevance of its themes – destruction, creation and impermanence – to their daily lives.

“Destruction or decay is a natural part of our world, a part of the cycle that leads to new growth,” says Rabbi Goldstein. “We can see this in the physical world, and it can also be true in our spiritual lives.”

Shaare Emeth is a Reform Jewish Congregation in Creve Coeur, Missouri that was founded in 1867. We are a compassionate and inclusive community that aims to makes Judaism relevant, meaningful and joyful.


If you would like more information, please contact Kim Oswalt at 314-692-5303 or

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