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Tisha B'Av

  • 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 ▸

  • Israelis, Visitors Observe Tisha B’av; Some 70,000 Gather at Western Wall

    Some 70,000 Israelis and tourists gathered here yesterday for the annual Tisha b’Av observance at the Western Wall, commemorating the destruction of the Second Temple 1901 years ago. Since the ninth of Av occurred on the Sabbath this year, the fast was observed from yesterday sundown to sundown today. Places of entertainment, cafes and restaurants… More ▸

  • Tisha B’av Observance Marred by Rush to Western Wall Excavation Site

    Observance of Tisha B’ av at the Wailing Wall was marred yesterday when hundreds of people broke into the excavation digging area adjoining the Wall, spoiling several objects found at the site. No reason was given for the incident. One of the diggers said that the work of months of digging was destroyed. He tried… More ▸

  • Jewish Theological Seminary Students Used Tisha B’av for Biafrans

    Students and faculty members of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (Conservative) devoted the Tisha B’av fast day, Aug. 4, to collecting funds for the relief of the victims of starvation and disease in Biafra, the breakaway eastern province of Nigeria. Members of the student-faculty committee for Biafran relief manned a booth to solicit contributions… More ▸

  • 120,000 Jews Flock to Walling Wall for Tisha B’av Services

    More than 120,000 Jews flocked into the square before the Western Wall last night and this morning to mark Tisha B’av by saying prayers and reciting Lamentations. Israel took on a reverent atmosphere as the nation commemorated the day when the Temple was destroyed. Nightclubs and restaurants throughout Israel closed at sunset last night. The… More ▸

  • 50,000 Attend Tisha B’av Services at Western Wall in Old City of Jerusalem

    A mixture of mourning and elation was apparent here today as nearly 50,000 people made a traditional pilgrimage to the Western Wall in the old section of Jerusalem on Tisha B’Av, to lament the destruction of the First and Second Temples. The Book of Lamentations was read, and Orthodox Jews observed the custom of disposing… More ▸