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On Tisha B’Av, mourning incomparable loss, working on increased unity

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Why is Tisha B’Av the saddest day of the Jewish year? Eerily, not only were both of the holy temples in Jerusalem destroyed on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av (the first...
Stones thrown by the Romans from the Second Temple to the street below after the destruction of the temple in 70 C.E. with the Western Wall in the background. Credit: Sarit Richerson/Shutterstock.

On Tisha B’Av, mourning incomparable loss, working on increased unity

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Why is Tisha B’Av the saddest day of the Jewish year? Eerily, not only were both of the holy temples in Jerusalem destroyed on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av (the first...
The section of the ancient city wall of Jerusalem recently unearthed at the City of David National Park. Credit: Kobi Harati/City of David.

‘Missing’ section of wall defending Jerusalem prior to Babylonian conquest unearthed in Old City

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Archaeological excavations at the City of David National Park in the Old City of Jerusalem have unearthed the remains of an Iron Age city wall, constructed in the First Temple era, which was designed...
Jews pray at Meron on the eve of Tisha B'Av, on Aug. 10, 2019. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

OU’s 20th annual Tisha B’Av program to address recent Jewish tragedies

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The 20th annual Tisha B’Av program on July 18 sponsored by the Orthodox Union will not only focus on traditional themes surrounding the destruction of the First and Second Temples, as well as other...
The biblical-era pottery figurine found by an 11-year-old Israeli boy on a family trip to the Negev. Credit: Yevgeny Ostrovsky/Israel Antiquities Authority.

Israeli boy finds biblical-era figurine in the Negev

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An 11-year-old Israeli boy has uncovered a rare, 2,500-year-old amulet during a family excursion in the northern Negev Desert, the Israel Antiquities Authority said on Tuesday. Zvi Ben-David of Beersheva came across the pottery figurine...
A limestone "two-shekel" weight, dating back to the Iron Age/First Temple period, discovered during excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority in conjunction with the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. It is seen here next to a modern two-shekel coin. Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority.

Ancient two-shekel weight unearthed near Western Wall in Jerusalem

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An ancient two-shekel weight has been unearthed beneath Wilson’s Arch, adjacent to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced on Tuesday. The limestone weight, dating back to the Iron Age/First Temple...
These proto-Aeolian capitals were among a collection of artifacts revealed by the Israel Antiquities Authority on Aug. 3, 2020 that were discovered amid the ruins of a First Temple-era palace in Jerusalem, overlooking the Old City. Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority.

Israel Antiquities Authority reveals remains of First Temple-era Jerusalem palace

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The Israel Antiquities Authority on Thursday unveiled the discovery of a number of artifacts that decorated a palace dating back to the First Temple Period and overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City. “A rare, impressive, and very...
U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up during the “Rebuilding of America’s Infrastructure: Faster, Better, Stronger” event on July 15, 2020, at the UPS Hapeville Airport Hub in Atlanta. Credit: Joyce N. Boghosian/The White House.

On Tisha B’Av, it’s time for Americans to step back from apocalyptic rhetoric

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Americans are experiencing a summer of discontent in a way that exceeds any in living memory. The nation is divided not just along political lines but seems increasingly immersed in something much dangerous—a culture...
Israel Antiquities Authority excavations at the Arnona site in Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the First Temple period, reveal the remains of lasting structures, July 2020. Credit: Yaniv Berman, Israel Antiquities Authority.

Storage center in Jerusalem, 2,700 years old, dates from Kingdom of Judah

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In excavations in Jerusalem near the U.S. embassy conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority, more than 120 of some of the largest and most important collections of seal impressions stamped on jars were discovered,...
Jewish men pray at the Kotel, the Western Wall, in the Old City of Jerusalem on June 21, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Mourning in 2020: Tisha B’Av spotlights losses old and new

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This year Jews the world over got into the Tisha B’Av mood several months earlier than usual. During a typical summer, Jewish families and individuals tear themselves away from family vacations, beach outings, amusement parks...