Rabbis call for social responsibility, love on Tisha Be’av

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July 29, 2012 18:05

 
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Thousands of people descended on the Western Wall plaza over the Tisha Be'av fast on Sunday  to pray, listen to the reading of the Biblical book of Lamentations and mourn for the destruction of the ancient Jewish Temples in Jerusalem.

The 25-hour fast, the second most important in the Jewish calendar, commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, as well as several other tragedies that befell the Jewish people during its history, and is seen as a day of national mourning and soul-searching.

Speaking about Tisha Be’av, Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar highlighted the need for national unity and to overcome societal differences.

“During these days in which we mourn for the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem, the exile of the Divine presence and the dispersal of the Jewish people, and the loss felt in each generation in which the Temple is not rebuilt, it is incumbent on us to think deeply about what we can contribute and to do to accelerate the building of the Temple,” Amar said.

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