New York - Hundreds Of Thousands Of Observant Jews To Mark Tisha B'Av
New York - Hundreds Of Thousands of Orthodox Jews around the globe will be observing Tisha B’Av (9th of Av) starting today at sundown by adopting symbols of mourning.
Those include sitting on low stools and chanting dirges. It’s a way of remembering events 20 centuries ago when the two biblical temples were destroyed by invaders about 650 years apart.
Thousands have been gathering in Jerusalem at the Western Wall, a remnant of the temples. Observant Jews fast the whole day beginning at sunset today on the eve of Tisha B’Av and ending at nightfall the next day. Rabbis emphasize the Jews believed they brought the destruction upon themselves by unholy behavior.
Photo essay in Jerusalem below by Flash90
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