Today is Tisha B’Av, (the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av), regarded as the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates Rome's destruction of the holy Temple in Jerusalem, and the massacre of one million, one hundred thousand Jews by sword, fire and crucifix. The Romans sewed the fields with salt so that nothing could grow for generations. Jews were driven from their homes to wander through the long, hateful Diaspora in which they suffered in every land for the next 2,000 years. Millions of Jewish martyrs died so that our people would live to one day rebuild their homeland in Israel.
For those 2,000 years, Jews have fasted on his ninth day of Av, mourning the tragedies our people endured.
What has changed? The great blessing of our people’s return to our holy land, where the remnants of the temple not only remind us of the hardships and tragedies our people endured. But there is a glorious new picture of Jerusalem. In 1948, our people returned to their historic homeland, not as visitors, not as pilgrims, but as a proud people that once again takes its place among the great nations of the world.
For two thousand years, Tisha B’Av was a day of mourning and sorrow. Since 1948, that celebration still takes place but with a new attitude: Am Yisrael Chai—THE NATION OF ISRAEL LIVES.
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