Tonight begins Tisha B’Av — What is it and why?
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Tonight begins the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av. It is the most tragic day of the entire year. The date when the centerpiece of Jerusalem was destroyed — twice! The First and Second Holy Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed on the same Hebrew date thousands of years ago. This represented the downfall of the First and Second Jewish Commonwealths in Israel with Jerusalem as the capital. It is a day that is remembered with fasting, prayers and customs of mourning. The significance of this day still being commemorated in such a real way thousands of years later is a testament to the centrality of Jerusalem to Jews.
We have now returned to our homeland and must continue to build our eternal unified capital — Jerusalem!