(photo credit: Reuters)
Tisha Be'av, one of
Judaism's two full fast days along with Yom Kippur, is traditionally the
date in the Jewish calendar on which the First and Second Temples were
destroyed, respectively in the sixth century BCE by the Babylonians and
the first century CE by the Romans.
Tisha Be'Av signifies the end of
three weeks of mourning. Considered the saddest day of the year, many
sit on the ground in discomfort to recall the destruction of the
Video: Jews mourn lost temples at the Kotel
Throughout Israel, restaurants, bars and places of entertainment were
closed on the eve of Tisha Be'av and the following day. According to a 1997 law
passed by the Knesset, those that are open are subject to fines.
book of Eicha (Lamentations) was read during the evening at the Kotel.
This gallery showcases photographs of thousands of mourners in
Jerusalem's Old City, young and old alike.