Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Ninth of Av

Today is the Ninth of Av.  1,941 years ago the Second Temple was destroyed by Rome's forces.  2,434 years ago the First Temple was destroyed by Babylon's armies.  On this day of national mourning, as we think of what we lost and work to earn it back, let's not forget that the seeds of our redemption are embedded within this day.

Here's a sampling of links about the day and its message.
What happened on the Ninth of Av? - In addition to the destruction of our Temples, other tragedies occurred today.
Destruction Every Day - The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson gives a fiery talk about destruction and redemption
Responding to Catastrophe - How can we live with loss?
Mourning What is Missing - Awaiting the Temple's rebuilding with certainty.
In an ancient Jerusalem tunnel, objects from a 2,000-year-old war uncovered. - Artifacts from the war between Rome and Jerusalem.
Mourning, Memory, and Art - Images from artists' across the ages depict the destruction of Jerusalem
Western Wall Webcam - Toward late afternoon EST (late at night in Israel) you can see a chassidic group and their Rebbe observe a special post Tisha B'Av gathering.

Soldiers of the Golani Brigade barefoot in mourning at the Western Wall on 9 Av

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