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Tisha B'Av

  • Thousands Mark Tisha B’av at the Western Wall

    Thousands gathered today at the Western Wall for the fast of Tisha B’Av, which commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples. Throughout the night, Jews recited passages from the Book of Lamentations. Prayers were also held at the Mughrabi gate to the Old City, leading to the Temple Mount, by a group which… More ▸

  • Quiet Prayers, Non-violent Rallies Mark Tisha B’av

    Tisha B’Av was observed here with quiet prayers, a noisy but non-violent demonstration against autopsies and grumblings from the Aguda Israel members of Premier Menachem Begin’s coalition who were unable to secure the release of II ultra-Orthodox Jews jailed for rioting last week. The holiday, a day of fasting in memory of the destruction of… More ▸

  • Tisha B’av Marred by Two Incidents

    Two incidents marred the Tisha B’Av fast in Jerusalem this year: the annual effort — foiled by police — by young ultranationalists to pray on the Temple Mount, and the daubing — apparently by ultra-Orthodox youth — of the graves of Theodor Herzl and of former President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. The daubings, in black and red… More ▸

  • Rabbis Split over Tisha B’av Prayer

    Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef have come out with conflicting edicts regarding the “Nahem” prayer said in the afternoon service of the Fast of Tisha B’Av. The prayer contains references to the city of Jerusalem being “despoiled and empty,” terms which do not accurately reflect the post-1967 reality. Yosef,… More ▸

  • Tisha B’av Worshipers at Western Wall

    The Western Wall was crowded last night with thousands of Jews lamenting the destruction of the First and Second Temples as the Tisha B’av fast began. The worshipers recited the Book of Lamentations and mourning prayers at the Western Wall. The area of the wall and the roads leading to it were guarded by hundreds… More ▸

  • Begin’s Proposal to Amalgamate Tisha B’av with Holocaust Memorial Day is Criticized by Hausner

    Premier Menachem Begin’s suggestion that Holocaust Remembrance Day should from now on be incorporated into the Tisha B’Av observances drew fire from Gideon Hausner of the Independent Liberal Party who charged it was an attempt to confuse two tragedies in Jewish history. Hausner, the chairman of the Yad Vashem Memorial Authority, said Begin’s proposal would… More ▸

  • Tisha B’av Prayer Service for Sharansky at Soviet UN Mission

    Between 150 and 200 people held a mincha service yesterday afternoon, across the street from the Soviet Mission to the United Nations, to protest the imprisonment of Soviet Jewish activist Anatoly Sharansky. Sharansky, accused of being a spy for the CIA and charged with treason, is being held in Lefortovo Prison in Moscow and faces… More ▸

  • Tisha B’av Mourners Fewer at Wailing Wall This Year

    The plaza in front of the Western Wall was filled this weekend with mourners who sat on mats and read lamentations for the destruction of the Second Temple. There were fewer people this year than last, perhaps due to the tight security measures taken by the police and the army. Strengthened patrols circled the plaza,… More ▸

  • Tisha B’av Service in Santiago

    The Jewish community observed Tisha B’av in the Sephardic Temple in a service expressing solidarity with Jews oppressed and humiliated in Arab countries, particularly Syria and Iraq. A large congregation attended the solemn service under the direction of Maurice Pitchon, spiritual leader of the Sephardic community. The audience included Moshe Tov. Israeli Ambassador to Chile,… More ▸

  • Rabbi Yosef Urges Tisha B’av Prayers for Iraqi, Syrian Jews

    Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef issued a call today to all Jewish communities to pray for Syrian and Iraqi Jews on the night of Tisha B’Av tomorrow night. The Chief Rabbi urged communal leaders to exert unceasing pressure on governments and international organizations to in turn pressure the Syrian and Iraqi regimes. “Until they treat… More ▸