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
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