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Tisha B'Av

  • 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 ▸

  • Tisha B’av to Be Observed Today in Israel with Live Broadcast from Wailing Wall

    Reading from the Book of Lamentations at Tisha B’Av services will be broadcast live from the Western Wall tomorrow for the first time in history. There will be no unified service on the occasion, but each community will be allowed to conduct prayers according to individual manner and custom. (The Agudath Israel of America today… More ▸

  • Fast of Tisha B’av Observed in Israel; Thousands Worship on Mount Zion

    Observing Tisha B’Av, the fast commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples, thousands of Israelis today crowded Mount Zion, overlooking the Old City and the Wailing Wall. Throughout the country, Tisha B’Av was marked by the reading of the Book of Lamentations and the traditional elegies associated with the fast. All cafes and… More ▸

  • Israel President Leads Nation in Tisha B’av Mourning; Banks Closed

    All banks in Israel were closed today, and most Government offices were manned only by skeleton staffs, as the country observed Tisha b’Av, fasting and praying in commemoration of the destruction of the two Temples. Opening the observance at sunset yesterday, all theaters, moviehouses, and cafes were shut down last night. At midnight, some 7,000… More ▸

  • Israel Observes Tisha B’av; All Amusement Places Closed

    Movie houses, theatres and other places of amusement, as well as banks throughout the country, were closed today in observance of the fast of Tisha B’Av, commemorating the destruction of the Temple in ancient Jerusalem. Kol Israel, the country’s radio network, canceled all light programs and limited broadcasts to news reports and programs with serious… More ▸

  • Israel Observes Tisha B’av; Banks, Moving Picture Houses Closed

    Civil services throughout the country were partially staffed today to permit workers to observe Tisha B’Av which started at sundown last night. The Jewish Agency offices, the Ministry for Religious Affairs and the Chief Rabbinate were closed all day as were all banks and movie houses. The traditional fast, which marks the anniversary of the… More ▸