Monday, July 23, 2007

9th of Av

It's the eve of Tisha B'Av - the Ninth of Av - here in Jerusalem. Tisha b'Av is a fast day on the Jewish calendar. It's a sorrowful day, commemorating the destruction of the Jewish Temples and Jerusalem in 586BCE (by the Babylonians) and 70CE (by the Romans). Services feature Kinot - elegies, as well as the entire Eicha scroll (Lamentations).
How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary! Lamentations 1:1


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