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

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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 the fast was broken, a ceremony was held under an arch near King David’s Tomb. During the ceremony 12 Torahs were capped with 12 crowns, representing the 12 tribes of Israel. Also, a cornerstone was taken from Mt. Zion to Ramath Gan to be placed on the foundations of the first building to arise at the Bar Ilan University, sponsored by the Mizrachi Organization of America.

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