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Tisha B'Av

  • 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 ▸

  • Tisha B’av Observed in Israel; Restaurants and Cinemas Closed

    Hundreds of government employees were absent from work today to take part in observance of Tisha B’av which began at dusk yesterday as all cinemas and eating places closed while worshippers streamed into synagogues. Thousands made the pilgrimage to Mount Zion, the nearest spot to the Wailing Wall in the old city of Jerusalem, to… More ▸

  • Thousands Mark Tisha B’av at King David’s Tomb in Jerusalem

    Thousands of Israelis and large numbers of American Jewish youths now visiting Israel yesterday marked Tisha B’Av, the traditional day of mourning for the destroyed Temple, by visiting King David’s Tomb on Mt. Zion where they prayed and listened to eulogies of the 6,000,000 Jews martyred by the Nazis in Europe. In the evening, after… More ▸