TISHA B’AV : The Holy Temple Destroyed

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Tisha B’Av (lit., ninth day of Av) begins this evening at sunset and ends Thursday evening at sunset. It commemorates the (586 BC) First Temple destruction by the Babylonians and the (70 AD) Second Temple destruction by the Romans in Jerusalem.

A number of other tragedies occurred on this same day: the crushing of the Bar Kochba Revolt in 133 AD, the expulsion of the Jews from England in 1290, and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.

For two thousand years the Jewish people lived in exile, their destiny as a Jewish nation was locked into a holding pattern.

The ninth of Av became enshrined as a day of permanent mourning. The Jewish observance is a day of intense mourning, fasting, and other restrictions.

In 1948, Jewish sovereignty in the land of Israel marked the end of the physical exile of the Jews. The Holy Temple was never forgotten throughout the darkest moments of her exile, and neither was the hope that one day the Holy Temple would be rebuilt.

This link is but just one proof out of countless that Jerusalem’s ancient Temple Mount belonged to the Jews and their Holy Temple stood on it.

The article below is from a rabbinical Jewish perspective:

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