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Tish’a b’Av, the ninth of the month of Av, is a day of fasting, repentance and prayer, the day which commemorates the destruction of the Holy Temples. On this day all of Israel mourns for the Holy Temple.

This year, Tish’a b’Av 5777, which was observed on August 1, 2017, saw record numbers of Jews brave an oppressive heat wave and ascend the Temple Mount. Like one man with one heart and one consciousness, their motivation was clear: there is no where else we would want to be today: this is home.

To be on the Temple Mount on this very day of destruction, is in itself the beginning of the process of rebuilding and ultimate redemption. The Jewish people are reclaiming the Temple Mount and reframing Tish’a b’Av from a day of mourning to a day of reaffirmation, dedication and preparation for the next stage of Jewish history.

Our sages teach that every generation which does not rebuild the Holy Temple is reckoned as the generation in which it was destroyed. Our generation has declared that it will not accept that epitaph, it will not go quietly into the night. The statement made by the presence of over 1000 Jews on this Tish’a b’Av on the Temple Mount resounded loud and clear: we are here to rebuild, and stop the cycle of mourning. It’s time for Tish’a b’Av to become a day of joy and rebuilding!

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