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Tisha BAv at the Kotel

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Basic Information

Location The Western Wall, Jerusalem
Date 2013/07/15 - 2000/01/01
Recurring Event: yes
Country Israel
City Jerusalem

Tourist Information

Free entry yes
Suitable for kids yes
Handicap accessibility yes
Yearly event yes
Website http://www.timesofisrael.com/thousands-gather-at-western-wall-for-annual-fast/


At sunset on July 15, the start of the fast of the Ninth of Av, the city of Jerusalem mostly shut down to mourn the destruction of the first and second Jewish temples. Stores and entertainment venues closed, and the streets around the Old City were blocked off and hushed as Jerusalem Jews joined their brethren around the world and began the sunset-to-sunset fast.

The Western Wall on Monday night was alive, as thousands flocked to the Wailing Wall Plaza to recite the evening prayers and listen to the Book of Eicha, or Lamentations, which tells of the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonian Empire in the 6th century BCE.

Aside from marking the destruction of the temples, Tisha B’Av also marks other tragedies endured by the Jewish people that are said to have occurred on the same day, such as the expulsion edict from Spain in 1492 and the beginning of the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942.

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