Western Wall 1929.
(photo credit: library congress, american colony collection)
The ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av – Tisha Be’av – is the day in the Hebrew
calendar when calamities befell the Jewish people, including the destruction of
both Temples in Jerusalem, the fall of the fortress of Betar in the Jewish
rebellion against Rome in 136 CE, and the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492.
The day is commemorated with fasting, prayers and the reading of Lamentations.
In Jerusalem, thousands pray at the Kotel, the Western Wall.The American
Colony photographers frequently focused their cameras on the worshipers at the
“Wailing Place of the Jews.” The American Colony founders who came to Jerusalem
in 1881 were devout Christians who saw the return of the Jews to the Holy Land
as a sign of messianic times.
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