To this day, the day that marked this destruction, the 9th of Av in the Jewish calendar, has been a day of fast and mourning.
The Israel Meteorological Service's Discomfort Index predicts that heat stress will be heavy to extreme throughout the week.
Ironically, many hoped this Tisha Be’av would be a time when Israeli law and sovereignty would be applied to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
This year on Tisha Be’av, shattered faith in our leaders and distrust within society have risen to shocking levels.
"To our sorrow, the plague is intensifying and we need heavenly mercy," wrote Lau.
"These days...obligate all of us to intensify our unconditional love, solidarity and connection to the tradition and heritage of Israel."
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The State of Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, the only place on Earth that gathers Jews from all the lands of their dispersal; the only place where Jews must feel safe.
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THE TZEMACH TZEDEK acknowledged a letter that his son had sent him and warned his son "not to be stringent – Heaven forfend – at this time, by eating dairy products in the Nine Days."