JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – AUGUST 08: (Israel out) Religious Jews read from the biblical Book of Lamentation as they observe Tisha B’av on August 8, 2011.in Jerusalem’s Old City, Israel. Jews around the world begin to mark the destruction of the First and Second holy temples. The Tisha B’Av ceremony, literally the ninth day of the month of Av in the Hebraic calendar, is the darkest day of the year for Jews, marking the destruction of both the temples, by the Babylonians in 587 BC and later by the Romans in 70 AD. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

This Tisha B’Av, Jews Are Wondering, What’s Next?

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“My eyes are spent with tears, my heart burns, my being melts away over the ruin of my poor people.” These words from Eicha (the Book of Lamentations) are read every year by observant Jews on Tisha B’Av (the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av). Many also recite the traditional Nahem (“comfort us”) prayer which refers to Jerusalem as “the city that is in ruins, despised and desolate, mourning without her children.”

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